How to Beat Boredom

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isa. 40:31).

I. A Change of Place

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord” (Ps. 122:1).

A. When people are confined to the same place for lengthy periods of time, they may become bored.

B. A change of scenery relieves monotony. A vacation, a short trip, even a visit to a new restaurant often helps.

C. Going places for God offers the most effective change of place. Calling on others, witnessing, and winning the unsaved to Jesus Christ banish boredom.

II. A Change of Face

“A man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed” (Eccles. 8:1).

A. A new hair style, hat, dress, or suit often lifts drooping egos. By deliberately changing one’s facial expression, one can actually change one’s feelings.

B. Stop frowning and start smiling. “Put on a happy face.” A cheerful expression helps generate a positive attitude toward oneself and others.

C. Hoping in God creates happiness (Ps. 146:5).

  p 29  III. A Change of Pace

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Ps. 37:23).

A. A change of pace is often the answer to boredom. Some need to slow down; others need to speed up.

B. While temperaments and health conditions vary with individuals, feelings should not determine one’s pace.

C. Almost everyone needs a spiritual change of pace. We need to do more for God, giving Him first place in our lives.

IV. A Change of Grace

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you” (2 Cor. 9:8).

A. Many Christians fail to depend on God as they should. People who rely solely on others are continually disappointed.

B. God’s grace is never a disappointment. Trusting in Him banishes boredom, for the Christian life is a continual challenge.

C. God’s grace changes darkness, drabness, and dejection to light, life, and love (2 Cor. 12:9).

 Spray, R. E. (1978). Easy-to-Use Sermon Outlines (pp. 28–29). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

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