“For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.”
–Psalm 107:9, ESV
Sometime last year, I took a short trip to Japan with my family. It was an enjoyable time seeing the unique places and wonders that the country holds. And of course, it was great being with my family once again. But as I was there, I noticed something about myself. I realized that I don’t find traveling as satisfying as I once did. And it was not because the trip was awful or because something had gone terribly wrong. It’s simply because I constantly find greater satisfaction and fulfillment in other stuff now. Here are some other things that I don’t find as satisfying anymore.
Entertainment. I love being entertained. Who doesn’t? Television. Sports. Video games. Books. Entertainment can be one way for us to relax and unwind. And so I, myself, indulge in a bit of entertainment here and there. But I don’t go overboard. I don’t binge watch television shows or play video games for hours. That simply doesn’t satisfy me in the way that purposeful living does. I’m much more satisfied in spending some of those excessive entertainment hours doing what God has called me to do.
Electronic Gadgets. There was a time when I simply wanted the latest gadgets. I grew up in a generation where so much personal technology was introduced. Cellphones. Laptops. MP3 players. And they were cool stuff that you wanted to show off to other people. Nowadays, having the latest gadgets just doesn’t satisfy me anymore. I see gadgets as tools to be used for the Kingdom of God and not symbols of status or wealth.
Personal Image. We’re always cultivating our personal image with what we wear, what we achieve, or what we post on social media. And although it’s important to cultivate a good reputation (you don’t want to be known as a jerk), there’s an image that’s far more important—the reputation of Christ. Seeing my name awarded or honored is no longer of great importance to me especially in light of seeing the name of Christ honored and lifted high.
These are just some of the things that I don’t find satisfying anymore. And it’s not because they’re necessarily bad things. It’s because I receive far greater satisfaction elsewhere. I’m far more satisfied in lifting up the name of Jesus and engaging in bigger Kingdom things. And because of that, I’m willing to exchange some of these things for the kind of stuff that will truly satisfy in the end.