How We Can Find Satisfaction
By Seth Armbruster
Often, whether silently or when put to words the question is raised, “How can I become satisfied and happy in life?” Have you ever thought this? Maybe all the fun things and exciting activities you partake of leave you emptier than before. Is there anything in this world that can make us truly satisfied?
Some people may think that they can only be satisfied by doing fun and exciting things. Is this really true? Well, not really. Let me give you an illustration. Last night for supper you decided to eat a large handful of candy, a bag of chips, and you also drank a couple cans of sugar-loaded soda pop. To make matters worse, you ate all this late last night just before going to bed. How do you think your stomach would feel? Would it be very satisfied? It might feel full, but I can guarantee that it would not feel satisfied. Why? Because your stomach craves wholesome, nutritious food. Just the same, our lives crave wholesome, nutritious things to do. Thrilling, stimulating activities are much like the junk food. These activities excite the senses just like junk food excites the taste buds, but they do not give us satisfaction. “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?” Isaiah 55:2
How, then, can we be satisfied? Well, there is only one way we can gain this. That is by loving and serving Jesus. Jesus says, “I am the bread of life”. Bread is usually a very substantial food in our diet. And when Jesus was on earth, it was the main food which was eaten. If Jesus is the bread then he is the one who brings us satisfaction, In fact, He is the only one who can satisfy our cravings because He is THE bread.
Even though we definitely need a relationship with Jesus, we cannot just stop there. We also need to serve Him. How do we serve Him? By serving others. When serving others, we have such a high sense of accomplishment that it is sometimes inexpressible. It takes our minds off of our own little problems and helps us realize how small those problems really are. It will not only brings joy to someone else, but also to you – and ultimately, to God.
So, in conclusion, you can have fulfillment in your life by serving and helping others, and by so doing you will be serving God. The “satisfaction” that the world offers will eventually lead to nowhere, but the eternal satisfaction which God offers will never run out. Which way will you choose, dear reader?
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