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The Sin of Boredom: MK Perspective

Friday, November 11th, 2016


Having grown up in a third world country, I have seen true poverty. In Guatemala, people who were finished with their chores would sit outdoors and contemplate life. They were not stressed out, even though they were poor. They didn’t feel that they had to be doing something every second in order to be happy.

In America, there are so many options for continuous entertainment. Most Americans become angry if they don’t have the extra money to do everything their heart desires. They lash out at the people around them that they are miserable, even though they have already spent lots of money on entertainment.

The sin of boredom is truly ugly. It reveals a heart of self-centeredness. Instead of asking God who to minister to at that moment (either by phone or in real life), they think only about themselves. They lack love. Love seeks the good of others above oneself. The majority of Americans have no love. As Jesus tells us about these end times in Matthew 24:12, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.”

We are commanded to be different from the world. First John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.” What a cold statement! The love of the Father is NOT in the man who loves the things of the world.

Even the fluff entertainment (that might not be sin in and of itself), when indulged to excess the way that Americans do, leads to tens of thousands of squandered hours. We will stand before God and give an account of our time. We will be ashamed. We will wish we had the time back to glorify God rather than indulge our flesh.

But very little of today’s entertainment is harmless. It causes us to indulge in sins of the mind, which lead to sins of action. As a whole, American Christians don’t even have a conscience any more. No only do they indulge in wickedness, but they feel entitled to self-pamper their greed every waking moment.

When the Israelites in the wilderness were “bored” with the manna that God miraculously provided, God sent quail for meat, and God struck dead the people who were bored, wanting more variety in their life. This is how God feels about boredom. It’s inextricably related to ungratefulness. God had supernaturally provided for all their needs, and they slapped God in the face because they DEMANDED more variety. They were angry that God did not give them more variety. They were ready to go back into slavery in Egypt rather than “put up” with God’s provision. What rotten people! No wonder God struck them dead!

Yet we are WORSE in this nation. God has given us more riches than any preceding time in history, and instead of being fully satisfied with our manna from God, we slap God in the face and demand to be self-pampered with whatever we can think of. If we can think it up, we should be able to do it without hindrance. How dare God say that we can’t do whatever we feel like doing?

God, have mercy on our nation where we say, “Have fun,” every time someone leaves the house to go out, as if the goal of life is having fun. Instead we should say, “Find ways to glorify God while you’re out.” Are we actually Christians, or do we indulge our flesh to the same level as the world?

This is the second in a series of “Indictments Against the Sins of America.”

  1. The Sin of Entitlement
  2. The Sin of Boredom (this post)
  3. The Sin of Lust

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100 Boredom Busters for Kids (Free PDF)

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011


One of my sons walked up to me at the beginning of the summer and said that he was bored. “What? Are you my son?!” I asked, and he looked bewildered. I continued, “I don’t think I’ve ever been bored in my life. My mind is too large for boredom. I’ll tell you what… I’ll make a list of things you can do.” Here is the list I typed up and gave to my son one afternoon:

  1. Make a blanket tent.
  2. Draw and stain a treasure map.
  3. Catch an insect in a jar.
  4. Put on a puppet show.
  5. Watercolor.
  6. Play croquet in the backyard.
  7. Put together a puzzle.
  8. Wear costumes and put on a play.
  9. Practice magic tricks.
  10. Build a house of cards.
  11. Play board games.
  12. Learn how to whistle.
  13. Draw a picture.
  14. Have a tea party with your sister.
  15. Teach yourself a musical instrument.
  16. Ride a bike.
  17. Draw with chalk on the driveway.
  18. Get an empty wastepaper basket and toss a ball into it.
  19. Earn money by doing extra chores.
  20. Act like spies and investigate an area for footprints.
  21. Create a new invention.
  22. Have a deep conversation with someone.
  23. Climb trees.
  24. Shine a lamp on a dark wall and make shadow puppets.
  25. Toss a frisbee around.
  26. Learn photography.
  27. Read a book.
  28. Build a city with Legos.
  29. Draw and color a cartoon strip.
  30. Practice cursive writing.
  31. Listen to music and dance around.
  32. Put together a talent show.
  33. Get CD’s from the library and learn a new language.
  34. Write a fun story.
  35. Make crafts.
  36. Play with magnets.
  37. Fly a kite.
  38. Have a water gun fight.
  39. Bake cookies.
  40. Make a terrarium inside a jar.
  41. Practice cartwheels and head stands.
  42. Learn how to type.
  43. Play a game of marbles.
  44. Do scrapbooking.
  45. Play tag in the backyard.
  46. Learn origami.
  47. Make a delicious 4-course meal. Dress up.
  48. Play cops and robbers with a secret hideout.
  49. Write a letter to a friend or relative.
  50. Make a sculpture with clay.
  51. Look at random stuff under a microscope.
  52. Race matchbox cars across the floor.
  53. Start a rock collection.
  54. Play with an electronics kit.
  55. Blow bubbles.
  56. Make a bird feeder and identify the birds who eat the bird seed.
  57. Learn how to pray properly like a real prayer warrior. Throw your heart into it.
  58. Look through a telescope at the rings on Saturn.
  59. Identify 25 plants in your neighborhood. Find out which ones are edible.
  60. Write a comedy show and perform it.
  61. Play cowboys and Indians.
  62. Write a poem.
  63. Cross-stitch (or learn how to sew on a button).
  64. Pretend to be a sailor on a ship, exploring new lands.
  65. Sew tiny clothes for dolls (if you’re a girl).
  66. Go for a walk.
  67. Look for wild animals in your backyard and observe their habits.
  68. Paint a mural.
  69. Do leaf rubbings.
  70. Make the best sandwich in the world (or the tallest). Eat it.
  71. Prepare and give a speech.
  72. Plant a garden.
  73. Make a snow fort (or a mud sculpture).
  74. Go share the gospel with your neighbor.
  75. Learn how to harmonize for singing.
  76. Record interviews with family members.
  77. Make breakfast in bed for mom or dad. Bring it on a tray with a flower.
  78. Do something nice for your brother or sister.
  79. Study the Word of God about a topic. Use the concordance. Tell your family what you learned.
  80. Make a collage.
  81. Dress up and have a fashion show.
  82. Make homemade instruments and play them in a band.
  83. Read a fun Bible story and act it out with costumes.
  84. Do a science experiment.
  85. Invent a new soup. Make sure it’s delicious. Bake fresh bread to go with it.
  86. Design your future home.
  87. Build contraptions out of K’nex.
  88. Rubber stamp cards and stationary.
  89. Make homemade gifts for people.
  90. Make an obstacle course.
  91. Get flashlights and investigate a dark room in your house.
  92. Play hopscotch on the driveway.
  93. Learn sign language.
  94. Throw a softball with someone and catch it with a mit.
  95. Make a cardboard box into a house and play in it.
  96. Create a restaurant in your house. Include menus and music.
  97. Set up toy soldiers and learn real battle tactics.
  98. Write a new song. Sing it to your family.
  99. Memorize a poem or Scripture. Recite it theatrically.
  100. Film some fun home movies for your grandparents.

If you would like to print out this list, here is the PDF: