Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Antidote to Boredom is the Acquisition of Meaning



(Linda and I are in Wisconsin at our annual summer conference. I'm re-posting this. To my Redeemer family - see you Sunday!)

Will eternity with God be boring, with all that repetitive worship going on? I've had people ask me this, and wondered about it myself. I think the answer is "No." 

We see this in the definition of "boredom."

"Boredom" is not: having little or nothing to do. It is not: doing the same thing over and over again. You can have a lot to do and not feel bored (like spending all day in your garden); you could engage in repetitive activity and not be bored (like, e.g., practicing your guitar because you love it).


"Boredom" is: finding no meaning in what you are doing. The meaning of "meaning" is: fitness within a coherent context. 


The antidote to boredom is the acquisition of meaning.




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My three books are:


Leading the Presence-Driven Church

Encounters with the Holy Spirit (Co-edited with Janice Trigg)

I've begun working on three new books:

Transformation: How God Changes the Human Heart

Technology and Spiritual Formation

Relationships (co-writing with Linda)