“When I don’t feel content with what I have, I lose sight of eternity.”
A friend shared this thought during breakfast today. It is interesting how a thread of my own thinking weaves its way through the hearts of my friends and draws us closer together. Through community, I learn that I am not alone in my struggles to be content with what God has given me. Together, we can share our struggles and encourage one another in the truth.
The lie is that we can never be content because someone always has more than what we have. Someone somewhere is living the life we wish we could have.
The truth is that there is never a reason to feel like I’m missing out because the best is yet to come. God has already promised us eternal life, a spot in his eternal kingdom. Whatever pleasures we could possibly enjoy on this earth pale in comparison to the ones awaiting us in heaven where all suffering will pass away. That is not to say that we should belittle the earthly blessings given to us or others; these can be the very things God uses to give us a taste of what is to come.
We were created with a desire for eternity. No human relationship or achievement was ever intended to completely satisfy us. The truth that I must try to grasp, no matter how difficult, is the fact that even if I do somehow acquire every earthly thing I could want, I would still remain unsatisfied: “the grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of the Lord remains forever.” In the end, there is only one who can completely satisfy our deepest needs; there is only one in whom we can find true, lasting contentment. It is in the person of Christ.