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I am always looking for illustrations.  Between sermon preparation, blog writing, and ways to illustrate how to make ministry more effective, the daily search for good stories (current or those from history) fills the spaces between other expectations.  Like you, time seems too short each day just to get everything done.  Even if we come to work a little earlier and stay later, the demands on our time don’t diminish. 

Recently, in the process of seeking illustrations about time management, I came across a suggested web site that I thought would be a site written “tongue-in-cheek”.  It did make me smile, but I realized that the writer was truly providing a list of things to do for those who lack initiative, motivation, or any goals whatsoever.  The site was entitled 100 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU’RE BORED. 

A few of the entries did promote worthwhile suggestions like these:

  • Volunteer to do community service
  • Feed the homeless
  • Donate money to an animal shelter
  • Apply for jobs

Other suggestions on the list were evidently for the person that had to be told to “breathe”! For example….

  • Sit at a coffee shop
  • Find out how many grapes you can fit in your mouth
  • Watch the clouds
  • Run through a sprinkler
  • Do a Chinese fire drill with friends
  • Fly a kite
  • Dance on top of bubble wrap
  • Brush your teeth with the other hand (Taken from:

All of us love “down time” regularly.  But, when we spend more time finding ways to avoid responsibility than we do in filling the hours with accomplishing good things, then the loss is tragic.  None of us likes to spend money on anything that winds up not working.  Neither should we spend each day’s time filled with accomplishing nothing that is worthwhile or finding ways to bless others.

Scriptures remind us…. John 9:4 – As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can workProverbs 21:5The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.   Romans 13:11And, do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.  James 4:14What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.