A Bored Man is a Dangerous Man

Submitted by Michael Thompson on Fri, 09/14/2018 - 6:00am
The Daily Orientation

A few years ago, during the writing process of The Heart of a Warrior, God revealed this truth to me. By definition,

boredom is an emotional or psychological state experienced when an individual is left without anything in particular to do, is not interested in his or her surroundings, or feels that a day or period is dull or tedious.

I don’t know any man who is without a pretty good list of chores to do. Not having anything to do doesn’t seem to be the problem … my problem is, I don’t want to do any of them. And that is when I am ripe for boredom to set in, and when that happens the enemy comes calling. The kingdom of darkness can smell boredom in a man’s life like a shark can smell blood in the water. And the predators of the spiritual realm come.

The Kingdom of God is all about opportunities to see and hear God, to walk with Him, and to engage in the Larger Story He is writing. We are invited to play a significant part with the very Author of that story. Unfortunately, for far too many of us, we lose our bearings. Or worse, we never get true Kingdom bearings to start, and so, we get lost.

Lost is an awful condition to be in, absent to the Larger Story and the Love in which we are made for … disengaged from purpose and meaning, adventure and battle… without which, life has no context and therefore no meaning.

No context plus no story is a recipe for guaranteed boredom. Bored men and women are dangerous because instead of living in a Larger Story, the story defaults to lostness. The story becomes about me and I find myself in the center: not a good place to be, not where I was designed to be, and a very dangerous place to be. Dangerous because a man will then be forced to turn to self … the false self, and his own ways in an attempt to make life exciting, adventurous, and significant. The upkeep is unmanageable, and a heart fending for itself, fallen to self-reliance, is a drowning life, a life relocated as food for the sharks.

Seeing and avoiding the traps of our enemy is a huge first step to living abundantly, fully, victoriously. Praying in this posture is a great way to counter its affects. The more I fall in love with Jesus, the less life feels like a chore, and the more it feels like an adventure—the kind of wild adventure that is not up to me to write but is up to me to enter into. A life in which we were all made to know, experience and enjoy both the Author and the context… A sure remedy against boredom.

An excerpt from The Warrior's Heart Blog. Learn more here.