As impossible as it seems, Scripture invites us to give thanks in everything. That includes the everyday routines we often take for granted.
In the seasons of sameness, we have the opportunity to choose thankfulness. It is in thanksgiving we discover the opportunities we have to grow, to create, and to adventure. By choosing to be thankful, we gain contentment. We avoid depending on circumstances for happiness. That is to say, we avoid having circumstances reign over us.
We are often bored when in a season of routine. But boredom is an attitude not a circumstance. When we feel bored, it is likely an important signal that we are choosing a wrong perspective.
Boredom means “I want more stimulation from my surroundings.” A fundamental choice we make is whether to be bored or to be grateful. We can choose to see boredom as a signal that we are failing to fully see all God is and all He is doing in the world. This will then trigger action that will eliminate the boredom. We can create the stimulation we crave, by seeing (through the eyes of faith) the amazing opportunities God grants us to be faithful in our routines.
As with any circumstance, sameness and routine should be viewed as fertile fields of opportunity.
We can pray for the Lord to open our eyes, to see things for which we can be thankful. Life on the plains is ripe with glory. Truth, after all, motivates and moves us more than anything else.
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:18