I crave a life of contentment. I want to be known for sharing Jesus’ love. Jesus taught us about love and about living a life of gratitude and how gratitude leads to contentment. So here’s what I need to know:
Is it wrong to always be searching for a better life?
Because there’s always this part of me that is searching for more … for that better life.
We’re all searching for something. Perhaps you’re searching for an escape from the mundane and ordinary, or maybe exact the opposite … your quest is to become less busy and overwhelmed. Maybe your life is filled with one hard thing after another, and you just want to breathe, so you’re searching for solace. Your search could be a constant conquest for knowledge, always hungry for the next big idea, or deep thoughts of life’s mysteries, never content to just be. Or maybe you’ve just always got your eye out for the next big deal, armed to the hilt with your coupons and it’s nearing the point of obsession.
I don’t know what you’re searching for, but I know the searching can sometimes be lonely, exhausting or frustrating. Other times it can be exhilarating and challenge you to grow. And sometimes when you finally lay your hands on the thing you searched so long for, it’s nothing like what you expected and is accompanied by a huge wave of disappointment.
Here’s what I’m learning about searching: We’re hard-wired for it by God. Eventually, it all comes down to the fact He made us to search Him out, to always be longing for a home we’ve never known. We translate that need differently in our own lives and often it becomes an obsession keeping us from living the life He wants us to live, even if we’re searching for good things, like how we fit in the church or what our “calling” in life is.
I also know sometimes in our searching, we become discontent with what we have already found. Maybe, like me, you’ve been searching for an answer to the “What will I be when I grow up?” question that haunted me for over 30 years, only to discover I had been missing out on some of the best things in that season of my life because I was so distracted from chasing down my unfulfilled ambitions. I became so busy that Jesus and my family weren’t at the top of my list any more. Sigh.
I love the story of Moses and the burning bush. It wasn’t until he was actively searching for why that bush was burning but not turning into a pile of ash, that he was able to notice God was doing something out of the ordinary. Then God spoke to him from those flames. But not before He had his full attention.
If God hard-wired us to be searching out truth, to crave His presence in our lives, isn’t it comforting to know He is waiting at the ready when we finally search for the right things? Just like Moses was finally able to see that God wanted to speak to him through that burning bush, we need to be actively searching for how God wants to reveal Himself to us. If we’re not searching, actively looking for it, we’ll miss what God is trying to teach us and to give us.
So is it wrong to be searching for a better life? I think not. We’re told this world’s not our ultimate destination. It’s temporary. But we’re also not snatched up the moment we enter a relationship with God for a reason. The Holy Spirit is still here, moving around like a mighty wind pointing us back to God, reminding us this is just a beginning and we’ve got work to do. That means God’s goodness is still accessible for us here on earth.
Are we missing it because we’ve given up the search for His active presence in our right-now life, content to wait for heaven?
We’re promised there is a better life, right here on this earth … today. So let’s raise our heads, open our eyes full of hope, and embrace this promise:
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Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness,
while I am here in the land of the living. Psalms 27:13 (NLT)