Yo-Yo: Twiddling Your Thumbs (Bored) - Tuesday
I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless.
I had the privilege of spending the weekend with some incredible young ladies a few weeks ago at a volleyball tournament in Tennessee. Along the way, I heard the incredible story of a young lady who loved this game so much. She made the team her 6th and 7th grade years, but then, in her 8th grade year, she got cut from the team. She had a choice to make at that point. To walk away from the sport she loved so much or find a greater purpose. She chose to become the team manager during her 8th grade year. Then; went on to being a great high school player.
Solomon had it all! At the beginning of Ecclesiastes 2, he tells us that he sought pleasure. He could buy, have, and do anything he wanted. As he pursued pleasure, he came to see that seeking pleasure for pleasure’s sake was futile. As quickly as it came, it went. It did not bring lasting satisfaction.
How many times have we been there? In our culture, we can do, have, and/or buy just about anything. Seeking pleasure is at an all time high--only for people to discover they’re still empty on the inside. I believe God has a greater purpose in mind for all of us. Our pleasure submitted to God’s purposes has eternal value. And that is fulfilling and lasting.
As we surrender our time, resources, talents, and possessions to God we will see His purposes infuse our everyday living. Anything in the hand of God has incredible eternal impact. Let’s see how He moves when all we are and all we do is anchored in Him. Not only does it bust up boredom, it brings so much purpose into our lives. We find we are living for so much more!
- Is there something this week that you can try going without? Replace that pleasure you regularly enjoy with something that brings greater purpose and value.