Nathan Bingham offers some thoughts on the constant problem of boredom in our world. “We are all adrift in a ship of boredom, floating on a sea of wonders.” He makes a few points:
- Most evident in children, because they come up to us and tell us that they are bored. But it’s a problem we don’t grow out of.
- It’s not only tragic. It’s sinful. And it begets severe ingratitude. The world God has created for us is full of wonder.
- The antidote to boredom is a strong doctrine of creation.
One challenge. Try to look at something “mundane” sideways, in a new way. Learn everything you can about it. Study it. It will surprise you.
For help jolting your mind from the humdrum and helping you put on goggles of wonder, I highly recommend Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl.
2 thoughts on “The Sinful Tragedy of Boredom”
The problem is the way we react to abundance. We treat abundant things as expendables and rare things as sacred. The trick Satan plays is to make the really extraordinary things super-abundant, and rare or prohibitive the things which are not.
Agreed. Just look at the wonder that is snow. He throws it down like dust, and each one is a treasure.