We are only two weeks into the new year, and my thoughts have been on goals, hopes, and dreams.
A new year frequently spurs people on a new trajectory or encourages new momentum on a recurring goal.
Yet when I pondered all the dreams, hopes, and goals we have as humans, I couldn’t help but think that they all point to the same end…
I remember as a girl, having dreams of being the object of a wonderful man’s love and desire. A beautiful wedding. Marriage. Babies. It all sounded so wonderful!
Being mommy meant chubby cheeks, blowing kisses, hearing “Mama”, and getting slobbery kisses. I pictured all the cuteness and thought that I would be the “perfect” mom and my kids would be little images of “perfection.” Why not? No one dreams about the messes, temper tantrums, and sleepless nights.
We have other hopes and dreams too. Traveling. Physical fitness. A bigger house. Pretty things. For women, we might think new additions to our wardrobe will make the difference.
All of these things satisfy for a time so we will often return to the things that satisfied us before in order to keep the sense of euphoria going.
This is the origin of many mid-life crises. The old is no longer as exciting so we look for a newer, younger, more passionate version.
The old house is no longer as “big” and appealing as it was at first so we look for a bigger, more extravagant home.
Our home town is not the exotic center for excitement so we travel to destinations in distant locations.
Most of these things are fine in themselves. The problem is when we are chasing after these things in order to either “run from” the things that intimidate us or when we are pursuing these things in order to find a lasting sense of “being”or satisfaction and joy.
As a woman, I have been guilty of ever so often wanting to shop for new additions to my wardrobe or a few new items to decorate my home in order to give me a sense of happiness. The issue is not with the items; the issue is my desired outcome: happiness from these things.
The truth is beauty fades, strong muscles atrophy into frailty, our health gives out eventually, relationships take work and commitment, clothing wears and so do homes, styles come and go, “familiarity breeds contempt,” the kids grow up and leave the nest, spouses age and eventually die. At some point, it all ends or diminishes.
Nothing in this life is permanent.
It is a grim picture, but it’s not when you find something that is eternal and completely satisfying.
The one thing that remains eternal and transcends the earthly is the supernatural. This is why there is within us all a desire for something greater, eternal, supernatural. We all want to know that at some point, we will finally reach a place where we can find “rest,” permanent satisfaction, and joy.
I believe that place is what God promises in the Bible as our eternal and final dwelling: a place with Him.
What comfort it is to know that we can dream, anticipate, and hope for something that is assured to all those who believe and receive this gift. It is the gift of salvation, the gift of son-ship and daughter-ship, the gift of eternal life, the gift of lasting peace, the gift of victory…
May 2016 be a year where we look not to the temporal to satisfy the eternal longings and needs of our souls. May it be a year where we discover or persevere in an unshakable faith in an eternal inheritance of life, love, peace, and joy, found in Jesus Christ.
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”[a]
21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 John 2:25
25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.
1 John 5:11
11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
1 John 5:13
13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life,[a] and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
All Things Made New
21 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John,[a] saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me,[b] “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
6 And He said to me, “It is done![c] I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.