Are you snowed in? Getting on each other’s nerves? Cabin fever have the best of you? Did you know that the apostle Paul faced similar circumstances? Read Paul’s closing words to Timothy in his second letter:
When you come, be sure to bring the coat I left with Carpus at Troas. Also bring my books, and especially my papers.
Paul’s request indicates the weather and circumstances Paul found himself in. It also points to what the danger of being idle. Paul told those in Thessalonica that those that were idle were becoming a “busybody” instead of a productive disciple of the King and His Kingdom. So, Paul has requested a coat to be warm, books to read, and especially requested the parchments of paper that contained either his epistles or notes he had taken along his missionary journeys. You might say – they were Paul’s personal spiritual journal.
Paul’s request can give us great insight on what we can do to combat boredom:
- Train your brain. Learning is a great way to stay fresh. This can happen in many different forms. Sudoku, board games, reading a good book, crafts with the kids, and the list goes on. Some of you might have some great suggestions. Comment below.
- Commit to your spiritual practices: Praying, reading the Word, journaling your thoughts. Keep your growth plan on full tilt. How many of us have said: “I wish I had more time to ___ in my walk of faith.” Now you do.
- Go over your life. I don’t mean for this to be some sob story exercise. I believe that Paul requested his parchments (papers) because they contained the prophetic statements and encouraging acts of God he had experienced along the way. He was putting into practice what God had called him to do. Reading those notes and tid-bits were like a reservoir of life that washed over his soul during a cold season.
Remember, the isolation and cabin fever of today is only a season. We will all be back to our busy life soon enough. Don’t waste the day. Redeem the time you have with family, friends, or all by your awesome self. Mega-Blessings!