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Topic: Satisfied (10/11/04)
TITLE: I Can't Get No Satisfaction
By Rick Shaffer
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Thinking back on that song I can see the frustration portrayed throughout the song because I had already loved and lost at that tender time of my life.
Since that time so very long ago, I have had to redefine what satisfaction means. I have seen how it is achieved in my own life and in the lives of others.
I have seen many people satisfied with things that don't last such as drugs, booze, sex and materialism.
I have seen others satisfied with little things like beautiful sunsets or sunrises, walks in the park, cool breezes, puppies and kittens, candy and ice cream, holding hands, or a family outing - things that cost just a little time and little or no money.
I have seen people satisfied with excellent school grades. Some handled it well, and others had airs
of superiority. There were teachers who found satisfaction in watching students achieve and others in greatly encouraging those who were struggling
Still others have found satisfaction excelling in sports, business, body building, feminine beauty, creativity in art and poetry and a myriad of self achievements that made themselves and others proud.
Many have found satisfaction in learning about ministry only to find that all the book learning didn't really mean much when it came to dealing with the real issues of life, and then found more satisfaction in helping others when they found out it wasn't done "by the book" but by THE BOOK.
Satisfaction for me came in many forms.
For a time it was in drugs, booze, materialiam and sexual conquest. After deep hurts I found satisfaction in being alone even when I was in a crowd.
During my "hippie" days I found satisfaction in nature and all it had to offer with its winds and flowers and
fields and sunrises and sunsets but I did not know the source of all that beauty so the satisfaction was empty. I loved to hold puppies and kittens and play with them. It was a semi-utopia for me, however it was not real satisfaction but a deception.
I also found that I could excel in virtually anything I tried so I learned to be good at basketball, pool, wenching, drinking, singing, writing poetry, art, ping pong, and more that I have forgotten. So I have experienced my share of satisfaction.
My first real satisfaction came in February 1974 when I asked Christ to
come into my heart and transform my life. The power of God came down so heavily and so real that I sat for a long time and the only thing I could say was "WOW" over and over and over.
Since then I have experienced satisfaction in so many ways that it would take a large volume to share.
I learned evangelism on the first day of my salvation, and how God could use someone who had no knowledge of the
scriptures to meet spiritual needs. I was able to lead souls to Christ. That
brought satisfaction beyond description!
I graduated from Bible college and invested 10 years of my life in ministry to drug and alcohol addicted people just like I was. Seeing those lives changed and families reunited and those people leading holy and constructive lives was very satisfying!
In Bible college I met my very special wife who bore me seven children who all know the Lord. That's immeasurable satisfaction!
The Lord has given me over 40 poems and many other writings which I am finally getting in print after waiting many years.
You would think that I would be very satisfied with all this, but there is one thing lacking. I hunger for the day when I will have the greatest of all satisfactions - bowing in humble adoration at the feet of my Saviour.
Until then I can't say "I can't get no satisfaction, but the heaps of satisfaction I have already received and still receive from the hand of our Heavenly Father will all pale for as the song says:
"And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace." TRUE AND TOTALLY OVERWHELMING SATISFACTION!
C. R. Lord (See Our Lord)