Master the Mundane

June 22, 2022

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 NLT

I am a Marvel movie fanatic. Back in the day I enjoyed Indiana Jones. In fact if I took you on a cinematic journey of my movie choices over the past decades I’m fairly certain it would definitively show I am an action-movie fanatic. Sometimes that gives me a little trouble. Sometimes I want life to be like an action movie. I love people and loads of things happening. While I can definitely appreciate vacation and downtime, in many ways vacation for me is not laying back and chilling as much as a change of activity.

I’m generally happy with that. God made us with different drives, personalities, and desires. Boredom is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “feeling weary because one is unoccupied or lacks interest in one's current activity.” We are bored when we are emotionally or physically “blah” due to lack of mental stimulation, activities to do, or interest in our environment. That describes each of us at times. Life is not constantly made of movie moments, so we have to learn to master the mundane—to deal effectively with the moments that don’t live up to what we’d like. Experiencing boredom is not a sin, but dropping the ball or having unhealthy attitudes will mismanage our lives. Boredom can’t afford to direct our days.

The instructions to Jesus followers that compose the New Testament are filled with acknowledgment that boredom or idleness can lead us into trouble, and that we honor God by choosing to fill our lives with positive productivity. The apostle Paul spent months at a time in prison, totaling years. This was a man created and born for action. His life could be an action movie! Before meeting Jesus he was a highly respected big L religious leader. Afterward He was a social agitator and traveled to advance the cause. He walked miles planting churches and raising up leaders. He was shipwrecked multiple times and pursued by enemies. His life was anything but boring on a regular basis. How would sitting in a cramped, damp, dark prison cell, all alone most days, affect him? Paul was passionate and productive. He didn’t sit and daydream. He spent time in effective prayer and asked his friends on their rare visits to bring him writing materials. We have most of the New Testament and volumes of encouraging wisdom because he mastered the mundane.

We overcome boredom and maximize our lives by focusing on the purpose for which we are here—we are here to serve Jesus and others. We’ll never run out of ways to do that. When we consciously remember that life is short, and moments matter we can face the challenge of boredom and make a positive difference.

  • How can I take my ordinary moments and serve, making them matter today?