“I can never just eat one!”, I remember that saying about Jays potato chips back in the day, it was their slogan and they were right. Those chips were so good, there was NO way you’d be satisfied with one potato chip!
In life, we’re a lot like that slogan…being satisfied is becoming harder and harder. If we allow the world with all its fan fare to affect us, we’ll want more and more of everything and still come up short. That’s because deep down inside us, there is a knowing that tangible things don’t provide everlasting fulfillment.
Too much of anything can be bad and leave us wanting and never finding satisfaction.
The truth is we are made to only get that through Christ Jesus. Outside Him, there is no real joy or peace. And I’m speaking from experience, I tried drugs, alcohol, sex, partying, heavy metal, trying to follow others, shopping, coloring my hair every week, overeating, you name it!
I was left depressed, lonely, and scared.
And even, when you have good things like nice clothes, big home, new car…you can’t put your trust in that either. Something new only last a little while…
Ever notice that when you buy a new dress or new gadget, it’s exciting at first? But, then the excitement is soon over? I believe it’s because God never intended us to get longtime pleasures in temporal things.
I used a lot of things to hide my pain. I remember even wearing my hair to one side of my face so I wouldn’t have to look at anyone. If we’re honest, we probably all have or do wear a mask to cover up deep feelings we have hidden inside.
I hid my pain at church, at home, in public places, in crowds…everywhere.
When I re-dedicated my life back to Jesus, that was the first time that I really felt like I had a lasting peace even through problems. I know that I can turn to Him in prayer anytime I need to.
I don’t have to hide behind anything with Him for He knows my heart and what I’m feeling. He knows everything about me.
Jesus says to come to him all that are heavy burdened and He would give us rest (Matthew 11:28). Life is hard for us to live in with everything we got going on. But, don’t look to cope by replacing God with things, people, food, money, job, power, or position.
All of these are futile and as Solomon put it…it is all vanity and meaningless.