I’ve been thinking lately about boredom and excitement. How do you approach these two things? I think many of us see boredom as a very negative thing. We get bored in a matter of minutes if we don’t have anything exciting waiting for us. We say life is boring if anything exciting isn’t happening at the moment. We crave for excitement and “high moments”. We desire those feelings when we feel “more alive”.
Why do we need so much of excitement and why do we fear boredom? I think that even in our Christian lives we may go wrong if we seek excitement. I’ve noticed that many Christians today say that our Christian life is an adventure with the Lord. I’ve some trouble with that statement. I don’t know about your life but my life is most of the time very… ordinary. And yes, let me say that word, sometimes it’s… boring. Let me be honest with you. My Christian life doesn’t offer me much excitement or any kind of adventure. Should I be worried about that? I think not. I think life isn’t bad if it’s boring sometimes. Let me ask you a question: what is wrong with ordinary, sometimes even boring, life?
I think nowadays many Christians speak about Christian life in an unhealthy way. We often talk about how God has amazing plans for our lives. Once again, I’ve little trouble with a statement like that. God does often give us things that are way better than what we would have imagined ourselves. But what about when suffering comes in our way? Cancer diagnosis. Mental health problems. Marriage problems. Unemployment. Physical illnesses and many visits to the doctor. Adult singleness. Infertility. Death of a loved one. Burned house. Financial struggles. When we suffer do we still speak about how amazingly wonderful plans God has for us? Do we speak of suffering and trying times as this great adventure with the Lord?
Don’t get me wrong. Christian life is wonderful. But I think we might often forget what the Gospel is really about. When we place our faith in Jesus’ finished work on the Cross and repent of our sins we will be saved. Our reason to come to Jesus should be to ask for forgiveness for our sins and not to ask for better life. In fact, John 16:33 says “in this world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world“. Can Jesus be even more clear? He says that in this world we will have tribulation. But the great promise of Scripture for God’s children is that one day God will make everything new. Revelation 21:1-4 has these comforting words for the followers of Jesus:
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away'”.
You see, the always wonderful and exciting life is for us. But it will be perfect only when we’re in glory in Heaven. Jesus died for us so we wouldn’t need to suffer for eternity for our sins. He wants to spare us from eternal suffering. Unending wonderful adventure is waiting there for Christians. We might get foretastes of heavenly adventure while we’re still on this Earth but we will also have tribulation on this Earth.
The most important thing that Jesus has done for us is that He has forgiven our sins. By His work on the Cross we are able to enter Heaven in the first place. Do we come to Jesus to have our sins forgiven or to have some kind of adventure and high moments? Do we come to the Lord to know Him or to get our problems fixed? Jesus does give us high moments time to time and He does help us with our problems. But is the Lord dear to you even if you would “only” have ordinary day-to-day life which may be boring at times? Is Jesus more important to you than your desire to have exciting and adventurous life? More often than not we as Christian live a very basic life. We get up in the morning, go to school, go to work, go to church, have dinners, take care of children, have hobbies and so on. There is nothing wrong with boredom. Usually boring is very safe. When something extraordinary happens it’s not always good news, it might also be bad news.
Let us follow the Lord faithfully even with our ordinary, boring and uneventful daily lives. Our greatest adventures are ahead of us.
“Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:13)