‘If I only I had more fashionable clothes, then My life would be more put together.’
‘If only I could get into this university, then my life would have meaning.’
‘If only my friendships were closer, then I’d be happier.”
‘If only I had a boy/girlfriend. Then I wouldn’t be lonely.’
I have a problem of wishing for things could be different. If I only I had this, if only I had that, then I would be happy. The world also likes to tell us that we need things and relationships to be happy.
But as Christians is that were our joy and happiness comes from? Material things and relationships?
It might bring us happiness in the moment. But that’s it. Only one thing can truly satisfy the longing we have. The longing we all have for purpose and meaning in our lives.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. (Psalm 107:9)
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. (Matthew 16:25)
The things of this world will never make us truly happy. Only Jesus can bring true joy to our lives. It can be hard at first give up the things of this world for him but it’s worth it.
Is this something you struggle with? What are verses that encourage you?