[forthright] Beat Boredom

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From: Randal Matheny <randalm@...>
Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 17:35:24 -0200
Forthright Magazine

Is life one big yawn for you? You can change that
in a hurry.

Beat Boredom
by Randal Matheny

Alan Caruba of boringinstitute.com says there are
three basic ways to avoid boredom:

-- Always read, always have something ready to
read, because reading stimulates the brain.

-- Have a hobby, or several hobbies because that's
where passion comes from and that leads to

-- Be a joiner, get out and get involved with
people in your community.

With these three tips, says Caruba, people can be
happy and find the essence of life.

Seems to me Caruba unknowingly validates the
Christian faith.

-- The Bible is the best reading material of all,
and offers history, poetry, wisdom, narrative,
drama, and correspondence. Not to mention the
pathway to eternal life.

-- Christians have more than a hobby. They have
the purpose of Christ's mission to share the
Father's love with every single person.

-- Nobody is more involved in other people's lives
than the follower of Christ.

Here's just one passage of Scripture where these
three are all rolled into one.

"Until I come, give attention to the public
reading of Scripture, [here's your reading
material] to exhortation and teaching. Do not
neglect the spiritual gift [better than a hobby]
within you, which was bestowed on you through
prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by
the presbytery. Take pains with these things; be
absorbed in them, so that your progress will be
evident to all. Pay close attention to yourself
and to your teaching; persevere in these things,
for as you do this you will ensure salvation both
for yourself and for those who hear you [you are
looking out for their best good and intensely
involved with them]" (1 Timothy 4:13-16 NASV).

You can beat boredom. Become a follower of Jesus
Christ. And the present time will mean something