Creative Spiritual Insights: Dissatisfaction

 

“If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is not part of the Christian faith.

Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak.

We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

  • C. S. Lewis in “The Weight of Glory”

 

There is no doubt that I can become so enamored by things of this world that I miss all that God really has for me. Solomon was certainly dissatisfied with this world when he said:

 

 2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.”

14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecc. 1;2-3, 14

In what way have you been chasing after the wind?What things have you used in this life to try to satisfy yourself?

 How have you become dissatisfied with life? Self? Work? 

What do you think would bring you satisfaction?

How can your dissatisfaction be used to motivate yourself or others in life?

How is satisfaction different from contentment? Is there a difference? 

How can you become more content in your situation? 

22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Philippians 1:23-24

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:10-12

 

 

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