Are you satisfied?
There are big questions looming over all of us. Why are we here? Is there even a why? If there is, who’s why matters? Why do we have such a capacity to feel pain and comprehend evil? Where does this sense of justice come from? Does my life have a purpose beyond the other animals? Is there a God? Which God is the real one? Which faith is the right one? Is there an afterlife? Is anything true, or is it all perception? What is good? Why do the people I love eventually suffer and die? What is consciousness? Who am I?
I think that all of us wrestle with these questions to some degree on a day to day basis. I also think that most of us are not satisfied with the answers ,or lack thereof. But the crazy thing is that many of us don’t do anything about it. How many people do you know who settle on something, like a religion, throughout their entire life without ever really finding deep satisfaction? Maybe they think that they can’t get an answer, so they stop looking. Or, perhaps they have grown weary with constant dissatisfaction, and have found comfort in blissful ignorance. Whatever the case, many people are living lives of quiet desperation.
Alright Dave, now shut up. I know I know. I’m a 20-something with little experience. No kids, no wife, no hard earned authority in the arena of life. But I’m an observer and a thinker and a seeker of the truth, and though I have found my satisfaction in Jesus Christ, I keep asking the hard questions and try to challenge people to do the same. If you get too comfortable with your “rightness” it leads to pride and ignorance. I want to be challenged because I have faith that what I believe can withstand the barrage of life’s toughest questions. If I’m not satisfied with something, I ask questions, seek answers, and keep at it until I’m knocking at the door of truth. And the reason I write blog posts like this one is that I have found great value in honest introspection, and hope to encourage you to do the same. Take it or leave it.
If you’re not satisfied with something, don’t settle for that. If you feel that you’re wasting your time sitting in church, ask yourself why you’re there. If you want to know your life has a purpose, but you are turned off by philosophy and religion, simply talk to real people and see what they have to say about it. These questions are way too important to ignore, and you are way too important to settle for someone else’s answers. Know what you believe, and own it.
For the love of God, never settle for dissatisfaction.