I remember hearing this Caedmon’s Call song ^^ with those lyrics at summer camp in fourth grade and having a massive epiphany:
Even though I’m surrounded by stuff I really want, getting it all won’t bring me satisfaction.
Twenty years later and the truth still hits me between the eyes. Read this in my Bible this morning:
“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from the world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” –1 John 2:15-17
I’m on a social media fast right now, and it’s helping me take my eyes off of the endless stream of input and fix them on the eternal.
I’ve recognized that “the stream” intensifies my discontentment, and since discontentment is a struggle for me, I’m loving this break.
I would get so sucked into the gorgeous pictures on Insta or the updates on FB because I just love new/different/exciting, but it would also feed the comparison monster and the insatiable hunger for MORE.
The stream of social input took me away from the present and made me crave affirmation.
Dude. This world has nothing for me, but this world has everything.
But it’s the things that we can’t see with our own eyes right now that will last forever.
“Do not store up for yourself treasure on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Oh that Jesus. He gets me 😉 Today, my prayer is:
“Let me find my worth and satisfaction and everything I need in you, O Lord my rock and my redeemer.”
Coming soon on this topic: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: A Review.