Ya know that tiktok trend where they say, “Put a finger down if you’ve ever ____”
Let’s play that for a second with our thoughts. I bet we alllllll run out of fingers real fast.
Once I find the perfect guy, I’ll be happy.
Once Iand the perfect job, I’ll be happy.
Once I buy the perfect house, I’ll be happy.
The list GOES ON and on and on and on.
Yep, we’ve all thought those things. We alllll do it, even though we really shouldn’t.
SPOILER ALERT: We are never going to be satisfied, even when we get the thing that we think is going to bring us happiness. Why? Because we’re on earth. We will never be satisfied on this side of heaven. The only one who can satisfy our desire to feel complete is the one who completes us – Jesus. John 6:35 says, “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35
So now that we know we will never be satisfied on earth, we must learn to enjoy the time we have here knowing we will never accomplish it all. If we are continually thinking we will find peace until we reach the destination, we will never find peace in the journey. Rather, we will live in the middle of disappointment and longing for more. That’s straight-up NOT the life you’re called to live.
The key to finding peace in the present is not putting our satisfaction in the potential. We don’t put the weight of our attitude or happiness in what COULD happen, but rather what IS happening. When we tell ourselves we will be happy when _______ happens, we limit the happiness and enjoyment we can have on our way there. Yikes, right?
Not only do we miss small enjoyable moments, but we miss the much-needed lessons. Imagine there are two people looking to land a high up position at a large company. One person has done research, networked and spent time writing applications and practicing interview skills. The other person got the job without a single interview. From the outside in, it looks like the second person has it made. In reality, the first person learned the most along the way.
We will be reaching for the next thing the rest of our lives. There is no end to this rapid pursuit of happiness we find ourselves chasing after. Instead of living for the destination, live for the journey. There is goodness to be found on the way.