Do you ever feel like you live in a stuper?
A stupor can be caused by boredom, laziness, depression, COVID, overload on entertainment, and in general, being sick of your current life. Most of us need to shake off some level of heaviness and weariness, especially since the curse of COVID came along. So many people are weary of this dreadful virus and everything attached to it, that isolated stupor has crept into the recesses of our mind.
So what are we going to do about it? Half the time, I still don’t know what day of the week it is. Before I hop out of bed, I try to figure out this basic before the day begins. Those who have been quarantined by demand or choice may find themselves needing to come out of their stupor and get back to life.
Often times I will hear the Lord say, “Rouse yourself.” That usually means get up and get busy doing the next right thing. We can sit around bored, or we can get up and take care of “business;” whatever that means.
I have a lot of interests to keep me busy, but at times I have to “rouse myself” to move forward. I believe God wants us busy, productive, active, moving, gaining ground, and accomplishing something every day. Maybe accomplishing might look like enjoying the little things about the day to the fullest. Many years ago, I heard someone teach that boredom was a sin. If we have nothing to do, then we need to find something to do. It would be great if parents would teach their children this important life lesson.
Inertia cause stagnation. There is no growth in stagnation. If there is not growth, you start to wither and die.
During my 30’s, I was prone to depression because my life was so miserable. I would often hear the Lord say, “Get up and get busy”—paying bills, working in the flower beds, cleaning out the car, laundry, dishes, cooking dinner. Being busy and productive has always been a way for me to “rouse myself” and shake off self pity.
By the way, as a side note, I think the decade of our 30’s has to be one of the most difficult decades of our lives. It certainly was one of the most miserable of my life, and I saw thousands of clients in their 30’s who were absolutely miserable “trying to make it through” one more day. They were in the season of life when the “wheels fall off.”
Take heart! Hardship and challenge produce character not gained any other way. Sometimes heartache and heartbreak is our way through to our destiny and the higher purposes of God in our lives.
It was for me!
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