To a degree, these are all true. But the ultimate fulfillment to going father, being smarter (more wise), visibility & feel good about ourselves isn’t sustained in conventional nor fleshly thinking.
Jesus tells us that the way to being fulfilled is through being committed to kingdom opposites:
The last will be first;
the way ahead is through humility & service;
exercise & discipline are corollaries to soul health;
seeking God’s kingdom first sets everything in proper alignment to live a of fulfillment & reward!
Friday, I had a glorious day of snowboarding!! The sun was out, snow was good, runs were empty & there was no wind. Needless to say, I could’ve ridden for endless hours & enjoyed a unique bliss that’s not easily acquired. But alas, I stopped when I could’ve gone for heaps more.
I think it’s very human to want more – more dessert, more sleep, more success, more adrenaline, more chocolate, more vacation, etc. But alas, there’s such a thing as overdose & it’s not just for drugs. We would be wise to quit while we still want more. This principle is a healthy guideline across the entirety of our lives with one exception: Jesus.
We are designed to crave our Creator & our lives will remain unsatisfied until we appreciate that ultimately, we’re only fulfilled through a rich, vibrant & continuous relationship with Jesus!
When I think about the various things that I would like, it’s an interesting list. Somethings are just superficial & others have more substance & significance. But if I think with honesty about many of the things that I want & drill into what’s really in my heart, what I really want is fulfillment, significance, acceptance, purpose & contentment to name a few things. And with these things in mind, the ultimate source for these desires is a vibrant, growing & tranformational relationship with Jesus.
So lets be careful that we don’t fall into the “materialism trap” & remember that when we seek Jesus 1st & His kingdom, then everything else can fall into the proper alignment & priority 🙂
This morning has been a really refreshing time of re-focusing for me that I’ve needed more than I realize. Similar to you, I have LOTS of responsibilities & spinning plates. If I’m not careful, I can get too focused on these various important things at the expense of finding my peace & satisfaction in Jesus. For me, any balance that excludes a really healthy dose of intimacy with Jesus is nothing more than an illusion.
So my conclusion is that I have no mojo without being grounded in a deepening intimacy with Jesus 🙂
Yesterday, I read 1 Sam 12:21, “”You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile. NASU
This verse kind of floored me throughout the day & is lingering into today. Futile things – what are the futile things that i chase after which have no profit or power to deliver? There are many futile things in our lives – things that are unnecessary, frothy, frivolous, irrelevant & just plain nonsense. And yet, how much time do we devote to “futile things”? How much attention & energy do we give to “futile things”? I wonder (saying this in a tongue & cheek fashion) if there’s a direct correlation to the lack of fulfillment we may experience compared to the quantity of effort / time we spend pursuing “futile things”.
If you think about it, what are some futile things that you may presently be pursuing & are such things / people mere vapors compared to the fulfillment you could experience in pursuing God? Just something to consider on this beautiful spring day 😉