"Dad, I'm so bored. This is so monotonous." These were the sentiments of all three of my children when the Coronavirus shut us down last spring. I wonder if these feelings of boredom as a boy extended to David, the youngest son of Jesse. While his big brothers were away doing battle for the Israelites, he was camping out in the fields with his dad's sheep.
1 Samuel 17:13–18
 The three oldest sons of Jesse had followed Saul to the battle. And the names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.  David was the youngest. The three eldest followed Saul,  but David went back and forth from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem.  For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening.
If your thoughts of shepherding seem like exciting times out on the hillside, you are mistaken. While there were some intense moments, much of the day and night centered around monotonous care and boredom. David went about his daily responsibilities out in the field. When he was bored, he crafted song lyrics. Other days, he played with his slingshot, perfecting his aim on varmints and trees.
While his brothers were doing big things on the front lines, David was stuck in the pasture. It's funny how God uses the ordinary daily activities that shape us for His kingdom work every day. Today, in the frequent and familiar moments of your life, God could be creating the next Psalm that will lead people to worship. God could be using your skill with your modern day slingshot to prepare you to be used mightily to advance his plan for His people.
Lord, today I pray that you would use the monotonous and mundane to prepare me to be used by you. I don't want to waste precious time you've given me, so help me use every moment of my day to glorify you. As I do that, I ask that you would empower me and strengthen me to be productive in every area of my life. In Jesus' name- Amen.
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