The following blog is from our book Crucial Moments: Learning to See God in the Middle of Difficulties. To learn more about this book, here is a six minute podcast by Steve.
“I’m bored!” Most parents have heard these infamous words from their children. Moms and dads often respond to this statement with ideas for enjoyable activities that the child had not considered. In a similar manner, we as God’s spiritual children don’t want to have feelings of boredom when we attend a church meeting. We want to experience something exciting and emotionally fulfilling. There is nothing wrong with these desires, but when feelings of boredom come, we have a crucial moment of great opportunity to grow and increase our influence.
WHAT TO GET EXCITED ABOUT
- You get to break off the addiction of needing outside stimuli to be enthusiastic and happy in life.
- You have the opportunity of learning to be a thermostat instead of a thermometer in your environments.
- You get to overcome any tendency to be critical of those leading the meeting; instead, you become a greater strength to them.
STRENGTH THROUGH SCRIPTURE
Colossians 3:23 – “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”
Romans 12:10-12 – “Be . . . not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.”
Psalm 37:4 – “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
Decide to be a person of extraordinary enthusiasm – Enthusiasm comes from the Greek word entheos, which means “to be full of the gods.” This attitude can grow in us, and it is a key for growing in influence and having a good quality of life. Situations which lack excitement are our opportunity to build up our enthusiasm muscle.
Purpose to be an incredible strength to the leaders around you – Everyone wants to be the friend of the thriving leader, but few are the encouragers and helpers of those who do not have outward success. Most of us will have times in our lives where God calls us to be committed to ministries and leaders that are not as “exciting” as others. This dedication will help wean us from being emotion-driven in our attitudes and commitments.
Consider if you are in a season of transition – If we experience a long period of spiritual boredom and inner discontent, we need to consider if it is time for a change in our lives. We will obviously need to make sure we are not running from responsibility or from a time of growth, but chronic boredom can indicate we are getting ready for transition.
God always shows up when I start getting feelings of boredom in church.
My enthusiasm is a thermostat improving every environment of which I am a part.
I understand the times and seasons of my life, and I know what to do.
Crucial Moments: Learning to See God in the Middle of Difficulties
by Steve Backlund
This book helps us upgrade how we think, act, and most importantly, believe in those crucial moments when:
- You feel nervous about speaking in public
- Your house is a mess when people come over
- A politician whose beliefs oppose yours is elected
- You gain more weight than you thought
- You don’t feel like worshipping
…and 47 other opportunities for breakthrough.