But is boredom always a problem, or could it be a possibility? Talk to people whose job it is to make things with their hands or create things in their head and they’ll tell you that great things happen when your mind runs free.
For most people, eliminating boredom means choosing activities that demand little to nothing of you. But there are better, more rewarding ways to respond to boredom. You can pick activities that stretch your mind and heart. Or, you can simply look around and become interested.
And while it’s easy to think such a thing remarkable after 70 years, I wonder if 65 years ago we would have the same reaction to Ms. Peggy. Probably not. 65 years ago, we might have said, if someone asked us about her, that she was kind. A good Christian lady. But that she was “just” a Sunday school teacher.
Thing is, though, there is no “just” in the body of Christ.
I love America! I believe as US citizens, we still live in the greatest country in the world. I am not saying it is not without its historic and current faults; it isn’t. But, we are still the freest of any nation, and we should celebrate that freedom.
However, I also recognize that the freedom we, as the church, have enjoyed fades with every passing day. I am unsure of what the future holds, but if there is impending persecution, and I assume sooner or later there will be, I welcome it.
I’m not a millennial, but I feel abandoned too. The opening dialogue is something I see reflected almost every day now in comment threads, news articles, and from friends and family on social media. Not about Democrats, though. Heavens, no. Democrats are still obliged to keep good character, and in fact, they cannot, as their very platform precludes it. Conservatives, however, may do as they like. Say what they want. Get away with almost anything. So long as their platform reads right.
Max Depree once said that the best people on your team are really volunteers, no matter if you pay them or not. They are volunteers because they can utilize their skills and talent elsewhere and they choose to utilize them on your team. Which means, of course, that you must lead with much more than money, much more than the promise of more or the threat of less. Poor leaders rely on extrinsic motivators because they are incapable of leading with something deeper. If you view everyone on your team as a volunteer, it will impact how you motivate them and how you express gratitude to them. Here are four important ways, beyond saying “thanks” and beyond giving financial increases, leaders can and should express gratitude to those they manage.
We grow in grace not by moving on from this good news that was preached to us, but by going deeper and deeper into that astonishing message. Christians mature not by moving on from the gospel into “deeper truths,” but by sending our roots deeper and deeper into the simple and unfathomable gospel of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness toward us.
A favorite from the archives:
The Old Covenant is glorious, but the New Covenant is even moreso, Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:7-11. It’s ministry is of death (since the Law’s power is to reveal our sin but not to save), where the New’s ministry is life and righteousness. It’s design is temporary, intended to give way to something permanent.
We know this to be true, at least intellectually—so why do we keep living as though we were still under the Old Covenant? And what does that look like?