“I’m Bored”, how many parents hear this, or have said it? Crossover to Joyful.

Boredom! What is it that makes a person say they feel bored or even know that is a word to use during a particular feeling? I wondered for a long time if children using that phrase of, “I’m bored”, especially by day 2 of summer vacation, was just an excuse to have a parent create something to entertain a child? I also wondered if it is a sign that we give so much to our children today that there is no reason for them to have to come up with ideas, plans, and things to entertain themselves.  As a grandparent, I worry that one of many instant responses parents may use is to give TABLETS to children as an amusement tool. Don’t get me wrong, I can see the value in a tablet as an educational tool but I also see the value in limiting time and what they choose to do on them. How fast do the children bore of the games already installed, and want more downloaded, would be a good indicator of a need to intervene.  I doubt you would believe that a 2-year-old was thinking to say that, “I’m bored”,  to a parent while playing with the pots and pans under the kitchen sink. I read recently that being playful was lacking in many people’s daily habits.

The beauty of youthful innocence and adventure could be what we use today as a learning tool to master boredom and bring joy back into lives of all ages. My daughter Julie shared a wonderful daily devotional blog with me recently and today’s message from “Girlfriend in God” is what gave me the desire to write this blog for my FB on hdna499_smjoy


My daughter Julie shared a wonderful daily devotional blog with me recently and today’s message from “Girlfriend in God” is what gave me the desire to write this blog for my FB Playing Fair Community page. I believe that the feeling of lack of joy is what many families are confusing for unhappiness today.

Here is what they had to say in the blog: Learning to Give Joy Away Part 2
Oct 26, 2016 | Mary Southerland

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Philippians 4:12
Friend to Friend
I once heard a story that offers a great prescription for joy. A young believer came to a man who had followed Christ for many years with the complaint that he had lost his joy. The older and wiser Christian responded, “Go do something for someone else. Repeat that act of kindness nine times. Then you will find joy.”
When we develop the habit of looking for a need and then meeting that need, we will experience joy as never before. Many times, instead of looking for a need, we look the other way.
One of the most amazing paradoxes in the Christian life is that the more we give, the more we receive. We simply cannot out-give God!

If you want joy, learn to invest your life in others. Be on the lookout for a need and meet it. God created us to share each other’s load. A shared load is a lighter load.
F.B. Meyer once noted: “I used to think God’s gifts were on shelves – one above another so that the taller we grow, the easier we can reach them. Now I find that God’s gifts are on shelves, one beneath another, and the lower we stoop, the more we get.”
• Give your time.
• Give encouragement.
• Give a praying heart.
• Give a listening ear.

The more you give, the more joy you will experience. The more joy you have, the more you will want to give. God always rewards “joy-givers.”

• What do you think the link is between giving and joy?
• What change(s) do you need to make in your life in the area of giving?

So today let’s focus on ways to bring JOY to our family as a team… as well as to others.

See the sidebar for “Action Worksheets from the Playing Fair eBook Series” where I offer suggestions on how to make VISION BOARDS. Feel free to download them and please leave a comment below on how they brought joy to your lives, and your unique way of creating joy in your family.

Have a superb day of joy,

Nancy Sustersic

Author, Speaker & Reality Coach






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