by Pastor Mark Jordan
“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” (Jeremiah 17:10, ESV)
I recently spent some time pondering boredom. I can recall being a child and feeling bored. In those times, I wanted someone else to entertain me. This became intriguing for me recently, because it occurred to me I rarely get bored anymore. Admittedly, this has something to do with my gadgets, because I always have something to read or do at my fingertips, but I think it goes beyond that. I learned that I often do some of my best thinking and creating when I don’t have much outside stimulation. And then I watched a TED talk about how we think and process information and something made sense: boredom can help you do some of your best thinking. It might seem odd, but check out this snippet and see what you think. It brings to life an idea put forth by Jon Kabat-Zinn: “When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting.”
God wants to help you hone in your mind on the things that are on His mind. He is searching your heart and mind, and trying to help you get in line with the things that are truly most important. He wants to help you filter out the minutia so you can focus on the magnificent. So shutting out the outside stimuli can help you get in touch with the inner genius He placed within you.
Next time you feel bored, think about how God might be trying to bring out your inner brilliance. It might come in folding laundry, mowing the lawn, or sweeping the floor, but it will come. Let God speak into your undivided attention, and bring out the fruit of the creative genius He knows you can be.
Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive me for the times I think I can multitask myself to success. I also seek your mercy for the times I divide my attention. I want my mind to focus on you, and experience the productive fruit when all other thoughts escape my overactive brain. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.