We've Never Been More Empty Before
In this high-tech, fast-paced world, it gets harder and harder to keep up with those around us. We try to give and do, but sometimes the more we invest we sit back and still feel empty with our jobs, our families, our relationships. We feel empty and think there’s got to be something more. To make ourselves feel better, we throw ourselves into work, other people, side projects or mindless/meaningless activities (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11). The pursuit of pleasure always promises more than it can produce, and we get caught in a cycle of disappointment. Our contentment, security, happiness and purpose cannot be dependent on our circumstances (Philippians 4:11-19; Matthew 16:25-26; 1 Timothy 6:6-9). We can try everything in our power to ensure we obtain happiness and success, but in that process, we will lose everything that matters. But when we make room for God and grow in a functional and authentic relationship with Him, He makes Himself real to us (Hebrews 11:6). The first step to making room for God is to do things totally counter-culture. When we slow down and stop normalizing busyness, we can quiet our hearts become content with all that He’s already given us (Psalm 46:10; Ecclesiastes 4:6; 1 John 2:15-17).
2) What am I doing to fill those seeming voids in my life?
3) What steps can I take to slow down this week?