Something got to me tonight as I was reading. I find myself discontent in life. I want the next thing…the next thing for my life. I will want the next this or that. Honestly, that is how so many people are in this world, especially a place like America. How often do I find myself (or you for that matter) completely satisfied? In a world where the next big thing is coming, or the next update, or the latest brand or whatever new fad is out there, we tend to draw near to it all. We draw near to things that offer a semblance of hope, fulfillment, joy, contentment. The problem I have found with practically everything is that I always want more. I always want the next thing. I am never full satisfied.
This is exactly what God brought to Haggai, a man who served God by urging the people of Israel to turn to God and serve him with their lives.
Consider your ways. You have sown much and harvested little. You eat but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them in a bag with a hole.” [Haggai 1:6]
The problem I noticed with this statement is that I find it to be true about…myself. Reading it hit like a knife in the heart. Bullseye. What impact am I having on this earth? Am I harvesting…meaning am I leaving a legacy behind of benefit to others? Am I ever satisfied with the way I am living, with what I am doing? I am sick of wasting everything.
We each need to reach a moment in our lives where we choose to live for God. It is as simple as that. Consider your ways. How do you live? What mark are you leaving behind on the world? You could be as humanitarian as you want to be. But living for God is the only thing that will matter and the only thing of eternal value. Stop wasting your life with stupid, selfish living where your concern is you. This world is bigger than you. God’s story is bigger but includes you. It’s more than just happiness. Do something that matters. Live for God. Serve him. With that, and only that, you will find a satisfaction, contentment, and joy that will not be found anywhere else.
Just a simple thought tonight as I get ready for bed.