How can you be bored?
Updated: Apr 26, 2021
“The past does not belong to me; the future is not mine; with all my soul I try to make use of the present moment.”
Every moment that passes, every instant that goes by, it will never return. There will be other moments, other instances but it will not be the same. The graces given in one moment will differ from another. Every grace we spurn will not be returned. Our Lord in His abundant mercy, generosity and goodness will bestow other graces but the graces we reject will never be returned. This is something to ponder and understand. All of our actions, every word we ever utter, it is all written down. And so it is a solace to know that "by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned" Matthew 12:37; which also holds an immense responsibility. Every breath we take is willed by God. It is He that breathes breath into our souls and wills us to live another moment, and if He ceased to breath life into our nostrils we would perish. And so we must always keep "Jesus only", our perpetual thought and aim throughout our life. For "None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s." Romans 14:7-8
It grieves me when I hear someone say they're "bored" or they "have nothing to do" or they want to find different activities to "pass time." Is not each moment a gift from God? Are we not here only for a short span of time? Are we not to spend our earthly life in complete service to God at every moment? If the answer is yes, which it is, then there is no such thing as being bored.
“Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one God, and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your strength and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:4-5
Each moment is a gift from God and we are to live holy and worthy lives by our very existence. All of our actions should proclaim the Gospel. Our whole being should be centered in God and aimed at His service in everything. Is that not what we are here for? For "God made us to know Him, love and serve Him..." So I say again, there is no such thing as being bored. At each moment we can offer God our love by prayer, works of mercy, love of neighbor. By spending time with Him in the silence, who so desires, so yearns for us to love Him. He who so lovingly waits and longs for your gaze to rest on His.
"Our business is to gain heaven; everything else is a sheer waste of time."
St. Vincent De Paul
In "The Story of a Soul", the Little Flower, St. Therese, pours out her heart in exclaiming how short of time we have here to love God on earth, to suffer for him; that the time we are allotted to love and serve Him is so short. That one is to love Our Lord while we still have the time. He is worthy of all of our love, and we have so short of time to show Him what He means to us.
"Do not lose any time, do good, do all the good you can."
St. John Bosco
If you find yourself "bored", it is simply because you're not aspiring after sanctity. For God is found in the silence. He is found in the time that you want to "pass". He is there patiently waiting for you to give Him your heart, to converse with Him. He is found in the time you give to your neighbor. He is found in the time you set aside for the Rosary. He is everywhere, open your eyes to everything that reveals this sublime truth to you.
Remember, that we are to give God an account for our whole life. Let us seek His Holy Will and do it and in this way be found a pleasing incense to His heavenly throne. "Blessed are those who hear the Word of God, and do it." Luke 11:28
St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.