Have you ever sat back and thought to yourself about how amazing it has felt to pursue something you hoped would satisfy you, but didn’t… Silly right?
Let me rephrase…. Have you ever truly found yourself at the point of doing something that you know isn’t good for you, but feels good in the moment? Shoot, I know I have! My thing has always been eating more than I should.
This silly cycle that leads towards absolutely nothing good or edifying for my long-term mental or physical health. Where I say I am going to commit to a diet or cut things out from my diet but the cravings overpower me. I then give into the craving thinking the same, “one last cheat” or “just one bite” or the best one of all ” I’ll start tomorrow”…
You see, John (Son of Zebedee, not John the Baptist) wrote this around the 90s AD but it still speaks to us today. I would even argue that it speaks to our generation even more! We have grown up with instant gratification, get what we want, hustle hard and you’ll make it, blah, blah, blah… We have been fed this lie that we can pursue what we want and then we’ll “make it.”
That is the furthest thing from the truth! It’s never enough money, never enough “likes”, never enough “followers”, never enough sex, never enough alcohol, never enough religion, etc… We need to get to this point where we realize that NOTHING this world offers us will ever truly satisfy the depths of our souls. It will only feed the CRAVING.
Things that come from our Father in heaven do satisfy and He is the only thing that can truly offer what our hearts desire. How many of us run from diet to diet, workout plan to workout plan, relationship to relationship, addiction to addiction, and so on but never truly feel at peace? I know I’ve had my fair share of running from one thing to the next. Desperately seeking to find that next thing that will offer me a moment of satisfaction. Desperately seeking to find the easiest way to make the pain go away. Seeking to make my heart not ache. Seeking to be able to look in the mirror and be at peace with my body. So on and so on.
But the truth is, we will never feel satisfied. I know people that look INCREDIBLE and have absolutely TRANSFORMED there bodies but still aren’t satisfied. I know people who have chased there dreams, “made it” and still aren’t satisfied. I know people who have run from thing to thing, only to feel the deep regret of making that decision.
If there is one decision I would plead with all of you to make this year, it would be to pursue God with all your hearts. Put all the time, effort, money and passion you can into Him. Take the same effort you have given to your job, to your fitness program, to your diet regime, to your relationship, etc… to God. I can PROMISE you that the return you get back from God is INFINITELY better than anything you could ever get from other people, things, careers, hobbies, or desires…
Let the fullness of God’s presence make you into the person He has always desired for you to be… Give the pain a purpose. Make the hurt impactful. Make the growing pains worth it….