The Alarm Clock
If you find yourself suffering from MBD, you are not alone. Massive Boring Disorder affects millions. If you find yourself feeling lost at what types of things could be “fun” this is a HUGE red flag. Schedule yourself a time of rest ASAP and make a list of 5 things that you’d love to do, but never make the time for. Even making the list is a step in the right direction. Finally, begin to accomplish the list and watch the fun come alive! You will smile more too! Before we begin, I am trusting that this is a judgement free zone. As I reveal my obsession with my cell phone alarm, which is the best app ever created for my natural tendency to plan, plan, and plan some more.
5:30 AM - Alarm rings. I hit snooze.
6:00 AM: Alarm goes off again.
Didn’t hear it ring.
“Oh Jesus, help me today…”
Jump out of bed and run to the bathroom.
Pee, wash face, brush teeth, get dressed, do hair.
Rush, rush, rush – how did I sleep in! This doesn’t happen to me…
7:15 AM: Alarm goes off again (almost breakfast time!)
Remind kids to go pee, wash their face, brush teeth, get dressed, do hair.
We are now sprinting.
7:30 AM: Alarm rings. BREAKFAST!
Nutella on a waffle sounds good, throw some bananas on top, grab a green smoothie.
7: 40 AM: Pray before we eat.
Pack backpacks with lunches (thank God I packed those last night!), water bottles, and school supplies.
8:00 AM: Alarm goes off, time to go to school.
“Oh please God, let them remember to bring everything they need.”
8:15AM: Find parking in the most insane school parking lot on the planet.
“Ok kids, all hands in the middle” (looks like we are going to do a cheer, my hand sandwiched between two little palms) “everyone take a deep breath, let’s pray.”
As I drive to work, I’ll wipe more tears than I’d care to admit. I’m reminded, once again, that God is with me in my chaos, and he can lift my stress.
Most often my days are filled to the brim, and they are planned from beginning to end. I don’t leave much room for the spontaneous, simply because that is the season of life that I’m in currently. I’ve learned – the hard way- that I can be intentional and plan to play!
I plan how to insert play into my daily routine. Can I make a game out of getting the kids ready for school? Can I insert a staring contest at meal time and make the whole experience memorable?
Recently, I’ve planned a small group leader training at a Spin Class. The lesson on perseverance will never be forgotten as we trudged through the hour cheering each other on to finish the race.
Hebrews 12: 1-3 came alive to all of us in a fresh way:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
We laughed so much as we played. It was a blast! There are times where I also need solo play times. I need to hang out with a friend and watch a movie, try wake boarding, go horseback riding, or even travel to Disneyland! I might simply go for a walk on the beach, see a comedy show, or a musical! I love live theatre, and God knows that, he made me wired to appreciate the arts. I love Bard on the Beach, an outdoor, live theatre drama of one of Shakespeare’s classics. I love to have fun, and I know that there are seasons where I don’t plan enough play in my life. I also feel more energized after having those fun times. The focus is not what you do, but rather that you even do it in the first place. By planning undistracted, intentional time to go and do the things you love, you will be energized. Have fun! You will love it and everyone you love and lead will appreciate your fresh perspective and reenergized spirit!
By Anne Miranda
Born and raised in Canada with a Lebanese heritage, Anne understands the challenges and beauty of being a first-generation Canadian. Anne is passionate about seeing the lives of women transformed by Jesus and loves encouraging others to reach their full potential as they advance the kingdom of God in their lives. She loves the Bible and is dedicated to training up women to be students of the scriptures as she directs the women’s ministry at Village Church in Surrey, British Columbia.
Anne and her husband Carlos have been married for eleven years and are parents to Nathaniel and Hannah. She enjoys walks on the beach, cheerleading really loud at her kids sporting events, and exploring new cafés.