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During the holidays, there will always be people who confess that they have become very lazy and bored when staying at home and feeling that they are unable to do any meaningful things. After waking up, we spend the best parts of our day entertaining ourselves while playing games, binge-watching dramas, scrolling our phones and reading up on celebrity gossip and watching videos. It is natural to feel this boredom in our hearts, especially after meaninglessly wasting an entire day away but the guilt that is felt in the heart is even more tormenting. Due to the pandemic during the Lunar New Year this year, the government has urged everyone to stay home and to reduce any movement outside to prevent the spread of Covid-19. It is understandable how this gives opportunity to allow a “boring life” to happen. How can we fight boredom and prevent ourselves from wasting our days away during this Lunar New Year holidays?
As humans, we get bored and this proves that we cannot be satisfied by these meaningless activities mentioned above. Human beings are created in the image of God and bear the responsibility of caring for this world; all this in order to satisfy God’s mission and call for us. Therefore, it is only by obeying and fulfilling the mission and calling given by God can we find satisfaction and fulfilment. However, we are often unwilling to put effort into seeking God’s call for us and instead turn to the temporal things for satisfaction. After experiencing one temporary satisfaction, we cannot help but to look for other forms of satisfaction and thus the vicious cycle continues.
In Mr Chia’s “How to Study Effectively” seminar, he told everyone that the best way to break this vicious cycle is to start now! Only by rejecting all excuses and responding immediately will we be able to break away from living meaninglessly. If we are unable to accomplish our big goals, we should then begin with the simpler ones. We should begin by completing the simpler tasks and then move on to the harder ones. Just like in a marathon, a runner does not stop, sometimes sprinting, sometimes slowing down. It brings us satisfaction and allows us to grow at the same time.
Thinking of spending the holiday with your family? Then take advantage of this Lunar New Year holiday to talk about things you have never had the opportunity to. Ask about your parents’ history or what were some of the toughest periods of their lives, or even have deep conversations with your siblings. While talking, we will naturally talk about our hopes and beliefs. Wouldn’t this be a good opportunity to share the gospel to your family? Or if you’re trying to read the bible in one year and are stuck at some of the chapters, take this time to catch up on your reading and even reach out to your Christian friends to discuss some of the verses you do not understand. This will not only increase your knowledge of the truth but also can be an encouragement to others as you fellowship with each other. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
“Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16) God gives us this holiday as a time for us to taste true satisfaction in His presence and not to indulge in our selfish desires and temporary enjoyment. C. S. Lewis said, “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” Therefore, taking advantage of this holiday season, may the Lord help us fight boredom and self-satisfaction, so that we may actively seek God’s calling and gifts for us, and spend a fruitful and meaning Lunar New Year.