Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, May, 2014

posted Apr 28, 2014, 1:41 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Apr 28, 2014, 1:41 PM ]

Wanting What One Already Has

 I've heard it said that we live in an age characterized by the ABILITY to get what we want, and the INABILITY to want what we have. Discontentment seems to be a sign of the times.

 Alfred E. Neuman, mascot for Mad magazine, once said, “Most people don’t know what they really want — but they’re sure they haven’t got it.” So why is it that so many people are dissatisfied, thinking they lack somehow what they want or need?

 There's a saying that, “Enough is a moving target.” When does someone have enough? Enough wealth. Enough security. Enough clothing. Enough gadgets. Enough influence. Enough love. Enough time. Enough respect. When do we have enough of whatever we think we need to be happier? Maybe we have that new job or bought that car we had been wanting. Perhaps we found a relationship that was exactly what we thought we were seeking, or settled into a life we imagined we always wanted. Maybe we achieved that advanced degree or finally moved away from home and live on our own.

 We should be happy, right? And for a while, we may be. But how often do we eventually discover that the shine is gone, that somehow we don’t seem to have enough? What changed? Chances are, we are victims of the phenomenon that “enough is a moving target.”

 The job no longer satisfies. The relationship no longer fulfills like we had expected it would. All those things we had for so long thought would bring lasting contentment just don't seem to be enough because somebody moved the target.

 I find a good antidote for dissatisfaction, discontent and disillusionment in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount where he says: “There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

 Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the world look shabby alongside them.

 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers, most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met” (Matt. 6:26-33-The Message).

 Life is always much less about getting what we want than appreciating what we already have.

 

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries


 

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