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“Satisfaction guaranteed!” “Money-back guarantee!” promise ads for many of the things we buy, whether it is the latest fitness product, a car or SUV, or a stay at a great destination. There seems to be no end to the world’s promises of fulfilled hopes and dreams which often ring shallow in the face of today’s harsh economic realities.
Do you know many truly satisfied people? Even the satisfaction which comes from a large Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings is short-lived. (It’s not all that far away!) Before the end of the day’s football games, we are often back in the kitchen looking for leftovers.
Satisfaction is hard to come by. Even after achieving a long sought after goal (the right degree or certification) or release from a burden that you’ve been carrying for years, after the initial euphoria, we wonder, “now what?” The realities of today’s world may cause us to ask, “Where do I turn now?”
Satisfaction is elusive. Contentment often escapes us. We are promised fulfillment frequently each day, but the promises become empty after we have “taken the bite” a few times. There seems to be nothing on earth that can satisfy our deepest longing.
In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis (of The Chronicles of Narnia fame) wrote: “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
You and I are made for another world – heaven! The longing for satisfaction is very strong. In the scriptures, we read that only one thing will satisfy: “For in him we live and move and have our being…We are his offspring” (Acts 17:28).
We are created to serve the One who created and redeemed us – usually by helping others. Albert Schweitzer, the great Christian missionary, doctor, and theologian, was once asked in an interview to name the greatest living person. He immediately replied, “The greatest living person in the world is some unknown individual who at this very moment has gone in love to help another.”
Pastor F. B. Meyer has written, “The greatest work any of us can do for another, whether old or young, is to teach the soul to draw its water from the wells of God!”
Join us as we draw from those waters and reach out to serve! Our church family and worship offer something for people of all ages. Why not experience worship with us at 10:00 a.m. this Sunday? God bless!
Pastor Larry Eaken