I often speak to people that are searching for the next thrill in life because they feel something is missing. I also observe people from different walks of life that will never say something is missing, but this proves to be evident by their actions. I would know because at times I am one of the people that will never tell you my life feels incomplete, but I try to find completeness in the next exciting thing. Being a man that professes to be a Christian or follower of Christ I am ashamed to even utter these words of feeling incomplete.
How Did We Get Here?
I think we have an identity crisis like never before. Technology is evolving so rapidly I don’t think we have time to catch up. Social media platforms give us means to portray our lives in such a picture perfect way that it may seem some people never endure troubled times or hardships. The truth is we all encounter good and bad circumstances no matter how we may portray things to be. The problem is we all know this to be true, but many of us try to live our lives in a way to match the “happiness” of others. I think our very distant ancestors Adam and Eve planted a seed of discontent in our hearts by wanting to not only be like God but become God.When we try to be LORD over our own lives we start to feel this void or emptiness that we will do almost anything to fulfill.
Where Do We Go From Here?
2 Timothy 3:16-17, provides insight into how we get out of this rut of feeling incomplete.
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
I often examine my life after times of feeling like something is missing, and the results are not surprising. I neglect the vital aspects of life like praying and studying God’s Word consistently, and I feed into the lies that I need material things to make me “happy” or complete.
BROTHERS, this is my plea...
Consistently study God’s Word and pray in solitude because it will enrich your lives. Even more importantly you have a promise to be made complete, equipped for every good work! If you are not consistently diving into God’s Word with prayers of becoming more like Jesus then you will almost always feed into the lies that you need things to feel complete. Your family, local church, friends, community, ministry, and testimony will all suffer because God specifically wants to use you to glorify HIM.
Being a husband and/or father you have a direct responsibility to teach your family godly truths, but you will never do this properly if you’re not immersing yourself into these truths. Be encouraged that we all need help in this area, and we have the Holy Spirit to help us navigate to the finish line!
Grace and Peace,