“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1-2 NIV)
History serves as a poignant witness: Multitudes of unhappy people in every generation have suffered illusion and subsequent disappointed. Luxuriously affluent, wealthy people too often meet with a suicidal end. Numerous movie stars and icons of rock, drink and drug themselves into oblivion. The power monger is never sated. The unfulfilled are everywhere. Reaching for the illusion of satisfaction, they are left wanting. True satisfaction is not found in wealth, nor in popularity and power. You won’t find it in sex or induced highs.
Even the simple can comprehend that contentment is a mind-set. Even more so, it is a heart-set. One can choose to be happy regardless of their bank balance, their popularity or degree of power they wield. However, if the heart is set on riches, it will seek wealth to find satisfaction. And never obtain satiation. If the yearning is for power and influence, if that’s what drives a person, no matter the heights they reach, it will not be enough.
I can’t help but recall the time I fractured my ankle in Tae Kwon Do practice while attempting to overcome vertigo whenever I performed a spinning heel kick. I spent six weeks in a cast. The itching foot drove me nuts. I loathed not being able to reach the itch and scratch it. That’s just what it’s like for all who search for contentment in all the wrongs things. Like an annoying elusive itch, never quelled.
Living an egocentric and greedy life, only creates a constant hunger for more. Though one obtains what they sought, thinking that it would satisfy, they quickly become disillusioned, only to enter another illusion more subtle than the last. The bible lucidly discloses the key to true contentment and peace—sublime happiness. Each time we praise God for His provision of all that we need, we are delivered a heavy dose of all three. It is gratitude that leads to true satisfaction.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6 NIV)
With a heart full of thanks we derive joy in the journey. Rather than seeking happiness in the destination, we can have it now and retain it throughout eternity. Live with gusto—seize each moment. Enjoy life in all its wonder and adventure, always giving thanks to God.
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