Battling boredom

A young employee sleeps in the office hiding with posits in the eyes

Scripture for today: 2 Tim. 2:22

This issue of boredom is a relatively new phenomenon. In fact, the word “boredom” wasn’t introduced into the English language until 1766. And though it’s hard to find specific Scripture on the subject, this challenge from Paul to his son in the ministry: “Flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace” (2 Tim. 2:22).

We tend to think of lust here only in a sexual connotation, when it actually applies to anything that triggers carnality and draws our hearts away from God. As it turns out, all this fun we’re having in our “United States of Amusement” has only served to increase the boredom it was designed to eliminate.

I love the story about a minister who asked the famed 19th Century English actor William Macready how he could draw huge crowds performing fiction, while he preached the truth before so few. “This is quite simple,” replied Macready. “I present my fiction as though it were truth; you present your truth as though it were fiction.”

Allow the Holy Spirit to rekindle the flame that burns within as you present God’s truth.

This devotion is based from Gaddis’ book “Manage Your Emotions.”