"I have nothing to do, I am so bored."
"It's going to be a boring day."
I've been hearing that a lot lately. It makes me wonder a couple things. First of all, why? Find something to do, is my response! Volunteer for an organization-animal shelter, a church, soup kitchen, any non-profit would be thrilled to have your help! Find a mom who needs an hour break from her kids and offer to watch them, for free! Help out a neighbor, take a dog for walk, or pick up trash. Go to a retirement home and visit because most of those people are lonely. I don't know, but there's so much to do I would think that if people took the focus off themselves, they wouldn't be bored.
My second question is how? How can you be bored? Look around. God created an amazing planet. Creation alone keeps me entertained, including humans. If I'm sitting somewhere waiting, I am always observing people. I take my camera with me pretty much everywhere I go, which always keeps me entertained, as well, because I am always looking for something to capture the moment. For those who are bored, go outside! There's a lot to discover there. Go for a walk, plant a garden even if it's in a big pot, take a drive and enjoy the sights. Start to observe the world around you, it's entertaining, and captivating.
Personally, I don't struggle with boredom. I have much to much to do, too much to enjoy, and too much to be grateful for to be bored. I think part of the problem is that our society has become a people who needs constant entertainment, usually by the computer, tv, video games-continuous stimulation is required, even if it's through other people entertaining us.
The Bible says to be still and know I am God. How many of us do that? Do we take time in our downtime, our 'I'm bored' time, to just look to God and be filled with his presence? Do we take time to just enjoy quiet, or have we become so addicted to noise and busyness, to other people surrounding us, that if we aren't completely immersed in that, we are bored? If you are bored, I challenge you to become 'unbored' by using the talents and abilities that you have been given. Find a purpose. Go out and find someway to give back to society. Go enjoy creation. Find a lonely person and bless them by visiting with them. There's lots to do, if you look around you.