Tuesday, February 21, 2012

No Excuse for Boredom

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Before I was a mom, I remember sharing my longing to be a full-time homemaker with a young mom friend. "Just wait," she warned dramatically, "After the first month, you will be so bored! You can only clean so much." I didn't think I really would be (when you are an exhausted from working outside the home 40+ hours a week, and trying to cook and clean on the side you can think of many things you'd like to do but just don't have time for!), but what did I know? Maybe she was right.

Well, I've been on lockdown with my daughter since she came home in September, and I have yet to be bored. On the contrary, I've found that there is way more to do than can ever be done! I've come to the conclusion that boredom is an attitude. If it's an attitude you've adopted, I want to encourage you today to forsake it.

I understand that many of you ladies find yourself in the too much to do, too little time boat with me, especially if you have more than one child. But for those who are finding themselves bored and discouraged:

Forsake boredom for your family. If you are bored, try to find ways to better meet the needs of your family. Spend more time reading and playing with your sweet baby! Try cooking something new and fancy that your husband might enjoy. There is a wealth of recipes at your fingertips online! Instead of sinfully standing idly by, get up and ask the Lord for wisdom to know how you can better serve your family.

Forsake boredom for your home. Is your home truly in perfect order? Could it stand a bit more careful organization, a deep cleaning, or some loving touches of decoration? Have you made it into a haven of delight to shelter and comfort the ones you love most?

Forsake boredom for personal growth. If you are bored, it would be an excellent time to pick up a challenging book or a new craft or hobby that could bless others. Become an expert on nutrition, or childhood development, or starting a home business.

Forsake boredom for His Kingdom. Have you been spending adequate time studying the Word? In prayer? Memorizing Scripture? Is there a younger woman in your church you could have over and encourage? An older widower you could cook or bake something for? A Bible study to join? If you are stuck at home without a car, you can always call and encourage other believers or write notes to bless them.

I want to end by encouraging you with several scriptures:

"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:15-17

"So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12

"She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going." Ecclesiastes 9:10

"Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord." Romans 12:11

Forsake boredom, and zealously pursue a joyful and fruitful life in the Lord!


3 comments:

  1. Great post! I have the Proverbs reference on my fridge as a reminder of this very thing... Thank you for the encouragement.

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  2. Thanks for the encouragement. It's so true. You always find what you're looking for. And if it is for a reason not to be bored, you've listed several great ones! There are always many reasons to be joyful, helpful, and thankful!

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    1. Glad you benefited Ani! Amen to that!

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