heaven = not boring

These words aren’t mine (I’m too pooped tonight to string more than 15 of my own together), but I love, love, love them.

From p. 394-395 of Heaven by Randy Alcorn.

Our belief that Heaven will be boring betrays a heresy–that God is boring. There’s no greater nonsense. Our desire for pleasure and the experience of joy come directly from God’s hand. He made our taste buds, adrenaline, sex drives, and the nerve endings that convey pleasure to our brains. Likewise, our imaginations and our capacity for joy and exhilaration were made by the very God we accuse of being boring. Are we so arrogant as to imagine that human beings came up with the idea of having fun?

Another reason people assume Heaven is boring is that their Christian lives are boring. That’s not God’s fault; it’s their own. God calls us to follow him in an adventure that should put us on life’s edge. He’s infinite in creativity, goodness, beauty and power. If we’re experiencing the invigorating stirrings of God’s Spirit, trusting him to fill our lives with divine appointments, experiencing the childlike delights of his gracious daily kindnesses, then we’ll know that God is exciting and Heaven is exhilarating. People who love God crave his companionship. To be in his presence will be the very opposite of boredom.

It’s not God who’s boring; it’s us.

(Me again.) Among other things, I want my life to say to those around me, MY GOD IS NOT BORING. How about you? You with me?

14 thoughts on “heaven = not boring

  1. Gretchen

    Yep. C.S. Lewis thought so, too. He thought we were far too easily pleased. Lurve this reminder, though, Marla, because as much as I want to bring Heaven into my daily consciousness, too often, it’s an idea “up there” and far away.

  2. ang

    That Alcorn guy knows how to preach it. Another one of my favorite quotes from Heaven: “With the Lord we love and with the friends we cherish, we’ll embark together on the ultimate adventure, in a spectacular new universe awaiting our exploration and dominion. Jesus will be the center of all things, and JOY will be the air we breathe.

    And right when we think it doesn’t get any better than this–IT WILL.”

  3. Kay

    Your post has really encouraged me Marla! My husband (also my pastor) will be starting a sermon series on Heaven this Sunday and, to be quite honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to it. Must confessed I thought it would be boring. But your words have inspired me to listen with excitement instead. In fact, I think I’ve seen Alcorn’s book in my bathroom lately, where I’m assuming my husband has been doing some of his research. I’ll have to check it out!

  4. Tiffani

    I just cannot wait to get this book. I can already see how the Lord is going to speak to me through this. The subject is something that I’ve desired to study for a long time b/c I have to be honest…I feel so incredibly blessed in this life that it’s hard for me to imagine Heaven being greater than life at home with my husband and precious children (at the core of me I know that it IS but I’m just sayin’) and I want to long for such a beautiful place and not just say “um, I’m good right here, Lord, thanks” Does that make any sense??!! ‘Cause I don’t want to sound like I don’t think Heaven is worth being there…ok, I’ll stop rambling…

  5. Brownie

    Somehow I’ve lost track of my copy of Alcorn’s book and wish I knew where it might be at this time because I’d like to read it again. After reading it the first time I was so excited about going to heaven. If he is anywhere nearly correct about his descriptions and details, living in heaven will be so fabulous that if we still think about our time on earth, we’ll wonder how we could possibly have thought that what we thought were good times were really that good compared to what we will be enjoying in heaven.

  6. deanna f.

    No way is God boring. I mean, take a look at some of the people he created! (ha! just kidding, kind of)
    I agree with Betsy who posted above me. Take a look at the colors in a rainbow, the stripes on a Zebra, or smell the aroma of a magnolia bloom or honeysuckle. No way is my God boring.

  7. Betsy

    We live on the edge of a woods. Just sit on my back porch and you’ll see that God is not boring. The animals He created that come to my house—not boring! Deer, squirrels, raccoons, skunks (pe-uuuuu!), tiny mice, not boring at all. The beauty of His creation! God is not boring!

  8. Cheryl Pickett

    Happy to agree-our God is not boring! It is so easy to see how creative a designer He is. Need more convincing? Go spend even part of a day at the zoo. As your family and mine know, you cannot take a step at a zoo without seeing how awesome, beautiful and downright amazing animals are.

    Take a look around. Be Inspired!
    Cheryl Pickett

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