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Monday, December 12, 2005

Are you bored yet?

"materialism begets monotony; and boredom is one of the major obstacles to the good life. Life quickly becomes monotonous. Things rapidly bore us. That is why styles have to change periodically. There has to be the long look, the short look, the baggy look, the sacky look, or the bloated look, but there has to be a new look, always. So we have to reupholster, replace, redecorate, or at least rearrange the furniture. Things bore us......because "things" are dead. They do not talk, or laugh, or love. Man was born for fellowship." -- excerpt from "A Boring Life", by Dr. Robert Schuller

Same can be said for a over dependence to technology, nature, animals as substitutes for human relationship. We scour the heavens searching for the next new thing. Always looking for the next high. We can be thrilled, enamored by, and use these things for great purposes, but they can't ever take the place of human relationships.

This also reminds me of a way to understand and appreciate our God. Our God is not a God made by human hands, or a son of man. Those things will all perish. They have an inherent shelf life and can become boring.

A true living God is always and everywhere. He can't reside in a temple, or in certain Holy places. We can't shape, control, or tame Him. Though formless, He is ever before us constantly moving, directing, and guiding, responding within us, and without us.

God causes us to be challenged.

He frustrates us as we try to box Him in, and we don't ever get the whole picture. God isn't some kind of cosmic kill-joy, taking away all the fun out of life. God moves inand through us to do what we were created for, our purpose. Loving and understanding Him takes us into an adventure.

Jesus said, "I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full." John 10:10.

That may be why one can be so filled up in our life 'in' Christ, we have the ultimate, eternal fellowship with the one who is life.

Grace and peace,


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