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So...what fulfills you?

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. (C.S. Lewis)

Did you ever stop to consider where you find your greatest discontent may also reveal to you where it is you will find your greatest contentment? If we are so disillusioned with our present world, I wonder if it is because we are desiring another world more? Is that a bad thing? Only if that 'other world' is one that leads us down a pathway away from God! If it is a pathway that draws us nearer to him, then it is not a bad thing at all! In fact, God's hope is that we will keep our attention clearly fixed on the hope of a future with him, while living effectively in this world by living in the present with him at the helm of our lives.

Belief begins in the heart and leads to a life that’s right with God; confession departs from our lips and brings eternal salvation. Because what Isaiah said was true: “The one who trusts in Him will not be disgraced.” Remember that the Lord draws no distinction between Jew and non-Jew—He is Lord over all things, and He pours out His treasures on all who invoke His name because as Scripture says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:10-13)

As we go through life, we experiment with all kinds of things and ventures - trying to fill some void in ourselves. Whether it be a void we think will be filled when someone loves us enough, or we will have no void left when we reach a certain amount built up in our savings accounts, the void will always demand to be filled. Learning which void demands to be filled with anything other than what God designs to fill that void is the only way to ensure we are not being 'filled' with things that will only yield further 'emptiness' in our lives.

As I was carrying my children in the womb, the doctor's always asked me to abide by a healthy diet - one that was free of 'empty calories'. Why? Those chips may have tasted good at the moment, but did very little to aid in the growth and development of the life within. We sometimes try to satisfy an urge or need with 'empty calories' in a spiritual sense, too. We think we can get fulfillment apart from how God tells us he brings fulfillment, all the while oblivious to how 'empty' our pursuit will leave us feeling in the end. 

Fullness isn't found in the here and now. To be truly fulfilled, we need to be keeping our eyes on eternity. Eternity holds the only true fulfillment. We can be satisfied to some extent here on this earth, simply because we live here and now with Christ at the center of all we do. We can be fully satisfied by remembering we are called to fulfill a greater purpose than what we realize on this earth! Just sayin!

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