Do you remember the amazing things you did with boredom? You learned to shuffle cards. You rode a bike with no hands. You built models or wrote stories. What a treasured life we lived!
Now, we have so many activities designed to occupy our time or our kids time. We can go to the public pool, the park, play sports, take classes, play video games, watch television, or surf the internet. We pack our moments so full, there’s little space for other experiences.
We do it because it’s expected. We fear making poor choices, and we don’t want boredom. What’s the thrill of boredom?
On its surface, boredom causes lethargy and decay, but if guided by caring parents who see a plus within a boredom experience much more occurs.
- a future musician minus boredom….no intrigue, no musical development, no passion.
- a future artist minus boredom…no mistaken sketches aiding future development, no creative color blending, no mixing of mediums.
- a future computer tech minus boredom….no knowledge of deeper computer reasoning, no understanding of why people sit there in the first place, no ideas for improvement.
- a future magician minus boredom….no finger dexterity, no ability to shuffle a card deck, no show.
- a future mom minus boredom…no doll games, no babysitting, no practice, no skill.
Many great and small feats begin with a little undirected free time. At first it flusters the mind and body, not knowing what to do. But with a little elbow room and a touch of guidance from a mom or dad who cares, kids venture outdoors, pick up paintbrush or pen, read, write, examine, experiment or build.
Maybe that’s why God wants us to honor a sabbath. From rest comes creativity. His creative juices will never be topped, and He rested.
My choice today:
Allow a little boredom and keep eyes open to offer needed direction.