So Don’t Be Bored

If you find yourself completely bored with your life, you’re doing it wrong. An analogy I heard once, was pretend that you’re a scientist and one day you fall into an alternate dimension. The place the portal has led you is totally alien and foreign to you. You are told that you have seventy years to experience as much of what that dimension has to offer as you can, and then you’re going to be sent back to your home.

Seventy years, to live our lives to their absolute fullest. Or, another way to say it: (For some reason WordPress refuses to play the video at the right time despite the proper code entry. Sorry.)

So don’t be bored. This world is full of beauty, intrigue, and joy. If you’re bored, it isn’t because there’s nothing to do… It’s because you’ve forgotten how to see the world with new eyes.

In the book of Genesis, there’s something called “The Cultural Mandate”. This refers to Genesis 1:26-28 (The Message):

God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself,
and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
God created human beings;
he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

We typically hear this verse when somebody pops out a gaggle of children or when someone tries to justify an environmental travesty– like this verse gives us free reign to take advantage of the world around us and to spit in the face of what God has given us. I believe this is at best, an incomplete understanding. At worst, totally off base. The Bible is rife with scripture in which God encourages us to be good stewards of the things he has given; not to run them into the ground.

It bothers me that I feel like this scripture has been turned into something ugly. As it was understood in the original Hebrew, what God is commanding us to do is to create and revel in Culture. The arts. Languages. He’s telling us to make movies and paint portraits and write stories. He’s instructing us to delight in good wine and artisan beer. Tell stories. Tell jokes. Talk to each other. Laugh. Live in community with one another. Eat with the ones you love. Eat with strangers. Fall in love. Play a game. God wants us to fill our lives with good things… because he’s right there, hiding amongst them.

I’m not saying that God wants us all to be hedonists… but as long as God remains the focus of our heart’s intent, then all of the things I listed above are ways he might communicate with us. I’ve spoken before about how Worship is Everything, and it’s still true here. So long as your love for God comes first, we’ve been given the “all clear” to not only participate, but to be truly and genuinely enamored with the things of this world.

So don’t be bored.


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