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Have you ever found yourself longing for something more? Perhaps fighting a general feeling of discontent? Recently I was “out on the town” with two of my kids on a Friday night. We had dinner together, and then I suggested that we could go to a nearby craft store, or better yet, a bookstore.
My daughter said, “Mom, please? Can we not go to either one?”
While I was a little surprised by her response, her reasoning was seriously impressive. She explained that she didn’t want to window shop because it would make her want to buy things she couldn’t afford.
But then she went on.
“Even if I save up to buy these things I think I really want, once I have them…” She shrugged her shoulders.
This young teen has figured out what many adults still haven’t learned. All this “latest and greatest” around us never really satisfies.
Solomon told us the same in Ecclesiastes. He had everything; he denied himself nothing. Yet he said it was all vanity.
The things we do not own lure us. Whether it’s expensive technology or equipment or smaller impulse-buy things (washi tape or pens, anyone?), we can easily get caught thinking how wonderful it would feel to own that.
We buy it, but before long, it’s not as exciting as it once was, so we start looking for something else, something better. But do you notice where our focus is at this point?
It’s on the stuff around us. And I can guarantee you, with all the wisdom of Solomon, it’s not going to satisfy.
We can seek to acquire everything, but there will always be something more. Something better. It’s not until we turn our focus on the Lord and seek more of Him that we will find that satisfaction we’re longing for.
We know the temptations of the stuff around us. Let’s not put ourselves in temptation’s path. Let’s not even open that door.
Instead, let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and allow Him to fill those longings that only He can truly satisfy.