The Cure for Boredom

Bored?

What do you find extremely boring?

Cleaning house?

Driving long distances?

Sitting watching T.V. with extended family after Thanksgiving dinner?

Fishing?

In my youth, I went fishing with some friends. My first fishing expedition took place on Lake Lanier. We sat in a wooden fishing boat with splashes of red paint across one side and a Georgia Bulldog on the other. This little boat wobbled with even the smallest fidget, so we remained still and quiet… two things I’m not so good at.

We sat. 

We waited. 

We sat some more. 

Nothing, not one fish, clung to the slimy critter hanging on the end of my line. This slow-paced, “I’m never catching anything,” fishing experience bored me to tears.

I’m guessing at times Peter and Andrew, who were full-time fishermen, felt this way about fishing. I’m sure there were days the nets overflowed with fish; but there were also days the nets sat beside the boat still and empty. Those days had to be boring.

Until…

One day Jesus strolled across the shoreline of Galilee with the cure for boredom.

“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish
for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him,” (Matt. 4:18-22, NIV).

These young disciples-in-the-making were ready for anything to shake the boredom from their nets, from their lives.

They were ready for an adventure—and after hanging out with Jesus for a while, that’s exactly what they got.

There may days we feel empty and still, just like the nets floating along the sea. There may be days we yearn for something more substantial to fill our lives. But on those days we must remember the fishermen….the ones who cast out their empty nets and found Jesus. The blue-collar fisherman who were radically changed the moment Jesus moved them from boredom to pandemonium.

That’s what Jesus wants to do for us. 

When Jesus walks across the shoreline of our seemingly boring days, he will carry with him the cure for what ails us. That cure is found in Him… in following hard after him… in listening to his words… in hanging out with him. When we do this we will be like the disciples – we will get so stirred up about Jesus that we leave everything else behind.

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So true! Reaching the Lost for Christ is the most exhilarating thing there is!
Shanda Oakley recently posted..ChosenMy Profile

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11.14.11

Saying yes to Jesus and following Him certainly is the cure for the common, boring life. He is the only One who can satisfy this longing in our souls – the longing for more.
Lisa recently posted..2 x 4’s and SawdustMy Profile

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11.14.11

Hi Kelli – lovely post. For me the boredom sets the mind to wondering and that often leads to negative thoughts etc etc. Great reminder that to cling to God is exciting and when there are lulls, remain expectant in Him
God bless
Tracy
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11.14.11

Kelli,

How lovely, I have days that are just boring and monotonous. Thank you for the encouragement today that it is during those seemingly boring times that I need to take up my cross and follow hard after Him, when He is silent when it looks like nothing is happening in our lives, that is when He is doing His best work, thank you for writing this today Kelli, blessings to you.
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11.14.11

Excellent post and analogy sis….
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11.14.11

Great encouragement. I want to get stirred up for Jesus!

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Oh, I’ve been fishing since I was a little girl! LOVE it and especially love fishing with my family 🙂

Great post with a great message! Much love to you 🙂
Debbie Dillon recently posted..TransformationMy Profile

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Great thoughts … I once heard someone state that you can only be bored if you are boring!! … hhmmm … there is so much to be stirred and inspired by!!
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Loved this Kelli! When we open our hearts to Christ, He leads us on such an amazing journey!

Have a Blessed Day!
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11.14.11

“Moved from boredom to pandemonium”… love that! When you’re following Jesus life is never boring… boredom is a good sign of complacency too, a nice red flag to get back to Him quick! Love you:)

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