Could boredom be a gift?

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I’m so excited to write to you today! In fact, it was hard to sleep last night when this idea for this post hit me. I was eager to finally be able to share this with you. It’s a lesson that all of us are forced to learn right now in the midst of a real pandemic. It’s perhaps one of the only good things that can come from Covid-19. I’m bored! And I’m sure you are too. Do you find yourself staring aimlessly out the windows wishing for some interaction? For some, you know this is just a season. Still for others, this is the worst thing you could imagine! And for all of us, it just plain stinks!

What if boredom can be a gift? Let me explain by first stating my own issue of avoiding boredom at ALL COSTS! I loathe being bored. Sitting still is not a spiritual practice I’m very proficient at. That’s why a spiritual growth path for Type 8’s on the Enneagram is “stillness.” Because it’s stinking hard. If you in any way relate to “always being on the move” then this pandemic and quarantine can make you miserable. What happens when you bring a caged tiger in the house? It destroys your stuff. You might feel like that caged tiger over the past few weeks. I sure do!

But, as I stated before, what if boredom is a gift? Here’s why I would say something so audacious and absolutely ludicrous for those of us who like to “move it move it.” Don’t miss this… Sometimes we may be going too fast that we end up leaving our souls behind. Read that line again. Perhaps our souls need time to catch up to our busyness and the average pace we keep our lives moving.

I work in the local church. It’s an environment where you often feel the tension of what others churches are doing successfully and how you must launch new experiences and programs. Isn’t it funny that sometimes, ministers are the one’s with a lack of self-interest and personal identity? “Who are you?” “I’m a pastor…” I can’t tell you how many times I used to answer that exact same way.

I’m the kind of person who does always search for the sweet spot in every sour experience. So with Covid-19 and the CONSTANT BOREDOM and being forced to slow my role, I’ve now embraced this truth I read this week: that boredom can be a gift that allows your soul to catch up.

Here’s what I’m doing with this boredom. While things are still chaotic trying to completely re-envision the way we do ministry, there’s still this feeling of boredom because you can’t really leave your house. But this is the time that I feel forced to actually spend time with God, turn off all devices, engage in meaningful conversation with people (on the phone because, you know, social distancing), and literally enjoying the now instead of always fixating on the future.

Anyways, those are just some thoughts that occurred to me late last night that I just had to share with you all! Feel free to comment your thoughts as well.

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