Somehow society has misled us into believing we can do it all. We are supposed to be superhuman beings working, raising families, having all the latest gadgets, traveling to all the exotic locations, wearing the nicest clothes and driving the coolest cars, and this will create lasting happiness and joy. When these goals cannot all be accomplished, or when they do but lasting peace and joy do not sweep over us, we feel cheated, angry, bitter and depressed.
Then we turn to society again, where we got the false messages to begin with, and look for answers in self-help books, psychiatry, drugs, alcohol, sex, new age gurus, diets, crystals, magic pendants, secret hidden messages and on and on. Funny thing is, none of these so called answers to our problems ever bring permanent relief (while causing us to spend hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in the process).
Meanwhile the creator of our universe, the father of humanity, the maker of heaven and earth, the most powerful, most intelligent form of life in existence, sits by waiting for us to turn to Him! Believe me when I tell you I have had all the trappings of life, fancy cars, gold watches, big houses, world travel, pretty women, great food and booze….it all meant nothing ultimately. It brought no lasting joy, no peace, no real happiness. They were all substitutes for the real answer to the true peace and happiness in life, which I only found once I gave my life over to Christ. Christ is the answer. The Bible is the guidebook to all solutions. A relationship with a living God was what was missing, and I believe is missing in all of us. Until you find that reconnection…plugging back into the power source of your life, you are just on a wild ride to nowhere. All bells and whistles with an emptiness inside.
Many men tell me…hey I don’t need God or church because I’m a guy. I’m a leader. I’m educated, tough physically, and my family and my society looks to me to take whatever is thrown at me and keep standing.
This is false bravado. Being tough does nothing for the soul. Being tough does not create a clear path to real freedom, peace and success. No one is so tough that the right punch, landed at the right moment, will not bring them to their knees. Sometime that’s what it takes to look up and see God.
I paid the price of being tough. I paid the price of admiring myself in the mirror instead of admiring my creator who made me. In the end I am thankful that the mistakes, the pain and suffering I experienced and shamefully caused to others was not catastrophic. I was “rescued” just in time. It could have been worse, and for that I thank God every day! He heard my cries, came into my life, and changed me.
This does not mean I am perfect…don’t be fooled. Becoming a Christian, loving God does not mean you will not sin…although society will use this against you to cause you to doubt your faith journey and try and distract you from the truth. You will fall, over and over, but your heart and your mind and your body and your soul will be His and your efforts to live better, seek righteousness, and love your fellow man will grow and grow until you can push out as much of your past life as you can handle and your primary focus will be on God. Then will you see such amazing blessings in your life!
Here’s the secret: the closer you get to God, the happier and more successful you will be. God promised this in the Bible. I have seen it in my own life…supernatural blessings, protections, encouragement, even miracles. This is the message you need to remember….the world is fallen. It has no answer for your longing and pain. God is the answer…Christ is source of refuge and comfort. Open your heart and pray and he will hear you…then be prepared to listen to what he has to say just for you.
If you have read this and believe it, pick up a Bible. Start reading the Gospel of John, and then the Book of Romans. Study the Sermon on the Mount and memorize the blessings God promised David and all of us in Psalm 91. You’ve tried everything else…you are running in place…give God a try and your life will never be the same. I am living proof of this.
HAVE A BLESSED DAY!