Monotony (and sighhhhhhh) according to the dictionary means:
- lack of variety and interest; tedious repetition and routine.
- sameness of pitch or tone in a sound or utterance.
Yuck. Sounds boring and well...monotonous.
Why do we need new moments, new things, new WHATEVER to keep us in a place of contentment. Why can't we come to a place where monotony is looked at as steadfastness and faithfulness, loyalty, patience OR perseverance?
I was driving today and I wasn't in a GREAT mood, wasn't in a bad mood, nothing in-particular is going right or wrong. I'm pretty much just driving. In-between errands and I thought about Paul when he was in prison (more than one time too) and how we often consider ourselves imprisoned by our own situations and circumstances. I chuckled a bit because my circumstances are so glamorous compared to the majority of the trials others have faced in the Word. Needless to say my life just seems boring lately.
Being imprisoned would cause many people to become bitter and give up but Paul considered it as one more opportunity to spread the Good News of Christ. Paul realized that his current circumstances weren't as important as what he did with them. Even in prison (PRISON, guys!), Paul decided to be a light in what I would consider one of the darkest places yet we can't maintain ourselves when the white LED light flashes on indicating the cashier in front of you at Target needs assistance with the current transaction and you already unloaded your cart with your three kids (add, all of them are crying too....trying to come up with worse case scenario here) and yet that scenario is NOTHING in comparison to Paul's.
GUYS, WE'RE SPOILED.
I'm not making light of traumatic situations one may face. I'm talking about the daily grind.
The dangers of monotony is that it can be distracting. It can hinder ones ability to actually continue to persevere, to be steadfast, faithful, loyal and patient and most importantly LOVE others.
What's the point? You can't escape the mundane, the responsibility of well...just being responsible. Doing what's right, working hard, etc. How do you handle those seemingly low moments that are just, blah.
Paul could have become depressed, discouraged, or disillusioned. He could have wallowed in self-pity and despair. Instead, he regarded his imprisonment as being appointed by God. God used Paul's imprisonment in Rome to bring the gospel to the center of the empire, as well as to give Paul LOTS of time to write letters that would one day end up in the New Testament and give us all this amazing teaching and encouragement.
Do you have difficulty accepting your station in life? Do you resent where God has placed you? Although education and focused effort may enable us to take a new role or get a new job, God, many times, puts us in a place to serve. Whether its in an actual prison or a place that feels like one, God wants you to serve Him faithfully and joyfully.