Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Misplaced Satisfaction

"...Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because we cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased." C. S. Lewis

We are far too easily pleased. Does that sentence awake your senses? With Christmas just past, many gifts were received and appreciated. We might have heard or spoken words that declared our enjoyment. I think it's lovely to find pleasure in the thoughtfulness and love of others expressed in tangible ways, but we need to be cautious that the gifts don't take precedence over the Giver.

Where do we find satisfaction and contentment? Is it in the "mud pies"? There is so much more. The concept of satisfaction is often me-centered. It's core inwardly directed at self-interest. It's all about me and the fulfillment of my need or want.

I long to be fully satisfied in the Lord. Not with crumbs under the table, but feasting on His Word and meditating on Scripture, so that my delight may be found in Him alone.

Dear Father, I confess to You the many times that my heart has been content with lesser things. I repent of the times I have sought enjoyment through other means. They are not wrong in themselves, but when my focus is fixed on the delight they bring, I have lost my passion in pursuing you. I have become side-tracked, and like a little bird splashing in puddles I am missing the refreshing expanse the ocean of Your presence provides. Lord, I lay at Your feet today all that I strive so hard to hold on to, and I reach out for You. With hands empty, fill me with Yourself.

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Cheri Bunch said...

Beautiful, Joy! I am also praying for bigger vision . . . His vision for my life. A life-long pursuit, is it not? This post pulls me face-down to seek for it! Thank you, sweet Joy! May we learn what it truly means to soar in Him this year!!!

~Grace and Peace said...

That's what Lori posted on this morning, about focus. Funny how that one word keeps popping up in different places.
Happy new year to you. May the Lord continue to give you many blessings as you focus on Him this year.

janet said...

Thanks Joy, for inviting me to share your story. Alot of the things you have written about, I have experienced battling breast cancer. It's nice to know we're not alone:)

Heather said...

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