As we live our lives we find emptiness in stuff. This void is designed for a personal relationship with God, however, in this material world, we are material beings. Status and symbolism are wrapped up in the collecting of stuff. We are inclined to search everywhere for something we can see, touch and feel with our physical being. We do not realize, sometimes until it is too late, that the Lord is our only salvation.
We feel very happy and excited when we get a new car or house. Everything is new and wonderful for a time. This feeling wears off and eventually we have to make repairs, keep the oils and filters changed. Upkeep on the lawn and garden is at times grueling, slow and boring. I recall a time where I returned home and my wife was looking at me with that look. I had been working all day and had run several errands. I was looking forward to the basketball game; however my house had a different idea for me. The washer had stopped working and, to top it all off, so had the dishwasher. I spent the better part of the evening working on these appliances, which I felt very lucky to have when I moved from the apartment building to our first home. I did not feel lucky this day. I ate my dinner on the floor in the laundry room. I did fix the appliances, but was not a happy camper that evening.
Items; inanimate objects get replaced. I can not think of one thing in our home that has not been replaced or upgraded in the last ten years. The desks, computers, TV’s, kitchen table, refrigerator, etc, all replaced or upgraded. We even replaced many of the light switches with motion detector light switches, to save energy. Things break and get stolen or lost.
We work hard, toiling day and night for what we believe we need. Note, I say ‘we believe.’ Our beliefs are the problem here. We believe that we need stuff to fill the void, when we really need a personal relationship with God. We find that we are stuck in the cycle of ‘more.’ When we get one thing then we need more of that thing to make us happy. Or we are ready to replace said item with something better, or different. Right our beliefs on the Lord and everything we need will be provided. The Lord asks us to trust Him; to have faith and to believe in Him. Action on our part is needed, as Einstein stated, “Nothing happens unless something moves.” We should get out of bed every morning and do the Lord’s work, for He has a plan for us. He wants the best we have to offer on a daily basis, because we work for Him.
The only thing in our life we can depend upon is God. He is everlasting; the beginning and the end. He is never changing. As scripture states, “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalm 37:4, KJV. Desire God more than the things you seek. Things will not love you back, in fact, thing can not love you at all. God has a plan for you and me; He had this plan before we were even born. Trust in Him.
Bio: Brian has written his poetry book, Poetry for Browsing, a collection of poems. The book may be purchased at www.publishamerica.net.
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