I remember long hot summer days – days that had plenty of time for pretend cooking under the back porch, which was one of my favorite shady, thus cooler, summer spots. I also enjoyed going into our grove behind the barn. There was one of my favorite things, an old horse driven plow. I would climb up into the seat and dream away the hours, thinking about the day when I would be a wife and mother.
There was jump rope, bike riding, reading, and of course, the necessary weeding the garden and doing chores, but there was also something else – time to get bored!
Just think about it for a moment. When was the last time you were actually bored? As I think about this I can remember brief moments of boredom, but they never lasted beyond checking my list, to see what was next. I don’t mean checking it for work, but actually having things on it that I enjoy and take delight in, such as a book I want to read, scrapbooking, calling a friend, time to write – not just articles for publication, but letters or e-mails to family, missionaries, and friends. Today’s technology allows us to keep in touch like never before. I find it exciting to be able to write a word of encouragement that won’t take days, weeks, or months to reach the person the Lord has brought to mind.
Lately I’ve begun thanking the Lord for all the fun things He has given me to do. Yes, there will always be the normal, everyday, responsibilities, but doing them “as unto the Lord” can even give new meaning to them.
I am so thankful to have enough interests and work to keep me from being bored – in fact; I’ve sometimes said I’ll need another lifetime to complete all the things I would like to do.
Aren’t you glad that the Christian walk doesn’t have to be boring? Aren’t you glad being a wife and mother doesn’t have to be boring?
Psalm 16:11 says:
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
As a new believer, this was the first Bible verse the Lord ever made personal to me. I remember one particular time early in my walk when I was having serious doubts as to whether all I was experiencing and feeling was real. My thought was, “What if none of this is true?” Immediately this verse popped into my mind. It so described my life in Christ that it quickly dispelled all my fears. I said, even if it isn’t true, the life I’ve had with Christ is so much better than anything else I’ve had that I will follow Him forever.
How about you? Are you finding joy and pleasure in your walk with the Lord? Or has the Christian walk become dull and lifeless? If this is the case, read Psalm 16 again and ask the Lord to bring you into His presence and fill you with His joy.
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