This afternoon I had to go and pick up a refill of Val’s medicine at the local Target pharmacy. I left work and drove over with thirty minutes to spare before I needed to get Carter from after school childcare. The pharmacy, as per the usual practice, did not have the refill ready so I ambled around the store to kill time.
I stopped at the magazines and, in the current Men’s Health edition, they surveyed a large segment of women and found that they were bored in their marriages. The writer offered a number of suggestions to spice up the situation, but the underlying issue remains.
How many of us are bored with our marriages, our jobs, our lives, or our walks with God?
We are beings hard-wired to chase satisfaction. Addicts find it many different ways, from money to fitness and drugs. We demand value and will sacrifice whatever it takes. Talk to the bully or the one throwing themselves at others for acceptance. We want to be wanted and in control.
At the same time, we want to consume. Our drive to gratification demands one more minute on the phone, one more text message, one more status update or photo upload. And don’t wait because, in the minute you put your phone down, you could miss a friend’s baby picture or workout status and clean meal of the morning.
Maybe we’re missing the point.
Bored is focused inwards.
Passion is focused on them.
Passion is about what we give to a situation, whether a job, family, marriage, or faith walk. Want to light up your days? Think about what you can do for someone else. Tip the scales the other direction. Sacrifice your time for a greater goal.
Donate. Create. Shape your contribution and release it into the world.
So tonight, if you are living in a stagnant situation, there is time for change. There is time to step out of your comfort zone. Time to give, to enter a new situation and make it better.
Anyone can sit back and consume.
The time for waiting is over. Take a small step and do something for a friend or family member or, even better, someone you don’t know. See what happens.
A life of epic faith, love, family, and passion is possible. It takes one day of change at a time. Let tomorrow be your Day One and see what happens.