Have you taken a serious look inside of yourself this week to determine what drives you, how you fullfill that desire and how long that fullfillment lasts? What is the latest and greatest hobby, project, relationship, diet, purchase etc. that you are certain is going to meet that deepest need with satisfaction like you have never experienced before? Spoiler Alert! It’s not going to happen, and the reason why is that we are still trying to fill the God Spot with objects and pursuits that only He can.
The fact that you are reading this is evidence that you are searching, seeking, desiring something more, and you are not sure what it is. You have probably tried some of the quests I have mentioned in a previous blog and others that were not even listed. But let me asssure you, you WILL find what you are looking for, if you look in the proper place. ‘ “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. ‘ Matthew 7:7-8. When I was younger I was seeking and not very good at it, in fact, I did not even know that I WAS seeking! When is it that we begin to get our direction in life? When was it for you? Can you think back that far? Where do we get that direction and what or who influences it? I think it is critical to look back on our lives and determine where our life direction began to set its path and the subsequent decisions that continued to influence its course. Where we have been, the decisions we have made, make up our direction in life and who we are.
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
My earliest recollection of having direction was wanting to be a jet fighter pilot. I remember romping in the woods, shooting basketball and riding motorcycles. Then came Junior High, todays Middle School. It is during these days, your mid teens, I believe your life really begins to take shape. I spent most of my days playing golf. I started playing high school varsity golf in the 8th grade. One of my instructors was the local PGA club pro, Henry Transou. Henry shared a nugget of wisdom with me that I will never forget as well as haunt me to this day. He said ” I have seen alot of people with alot of talent. Three things ruin most of their careers, drivers license, girls and alcohol. ” I am sure one of these items could redirect your future in the wrong direction but in my case, it was all three. Why is it we can hear good advice, have good intentions on folowing it, yet fall prey to disregarding it? I quess there are a myriad of answers to that question but I think one answer falls right in line with our discussion. We are seeking answers to our internal questions of who am I, where am I going and what is my purpose, but making decisions from a godless perspective. This is especially true at a young age. I turned 15 and obtained my drivers permit before the summer of my freshman year in high shool while playing golf with kids 4 to 10 years older than me. I began to spend more time in the car and less time on the driving range. Not only that, the other kids were 18 and older, buying beer and coaxing me to come along. The fork in the road had arrived, and I didn’t even realize I had made a wrong turn. The signs were there, I just didn’t see them. And thats the way the story goes many times. We don’t even realize Satan has pulled the bait and switch. All of a sudden we are speeding in darkness, out of control, in the wrong direction, singing Born to be Wild while failing to realize we are on the Highway to Hell. Wanting to be free but not realizing the freedom we think we are obtaining is not freedom at all, but bondage.
So that is the way it works. You begin to fill your heart, soul and life with things that God did not intend for you to be filled with. The plans and future He had designed you for is slowly eroded into a cheap imitation that lasts for days, years and sometimes forever. The same thing happened to Adam and Eve. They made a decision that would alter their future forever. The difference between them and us is they immediately knew something was wrong and hid from God, we, on the other hand, can stay oblivious to our mistakes for years and decades or even a lifetime. I, for instance, stayed in that psyche for almost 20 years, then another 20 years to begin to a learn that God is the Master at restoring the broken. I went through this season of healing by learning 2 very important facts. 1. I realized that I was broken and 2. Jesus was the answer to me ever being healed. In previous blogs I spoke about how we live in a broken world but God did not intend, design it or desire for it to stay that way. God provided the way of healing that brokeness through the sacrifice of His son Jesus. To pay the price for Adam, Eve, yours, mine and anyone else’s brokeness who would believe. Believe what? Just as I believed that 1. You are broken, or as the Bible says, a sinner and 2. that Jesus is the Son of the Living God, lived a perfect life, died on a cross for your sins, was buried then raised to life in 3 days. The desire for something more in your life can only be forever filled by this simple truth. Do you dare to ask yourself, ‘Is thisTrue?’ and seek the answer to the most important questions in life? Is Jesus who He said he is? Did He really do this for me? There is only one person who can answer that question for you and that is God himself. If you truly desire the answers to these most important questions and no longer desire to live in a state of brokeness, I challenge you to read the Gospel of John and ask Jesus to show you if He is real.
“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stonegoodreads