A Loss

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

When all is lost, what have we?

Time? Energy? Money? Power? Influence? What are we without the things we value in life?

I think my biggest struggle is the thought of disappearing off the face of the earth. The only weird thing is, this always includes the caveat that no on notices I am gone. I have found that once you take away everything we work for in this life; things like money, influence, friends, even love, we often have nothing but an empty shell.

So the real problem is, what are we trying to get in our lives? I have been told and grown in a culture that tells me I need to look, act, and be a certain person in order to gain the drifting idol known as ‘success’. But how much better of a person am I once I have gained success? When we reach our highest peak, what have we really gained?

Chasing after success may appear to be a laudable goal, but all we are doing is filling a bottomless bucket. Once we dump success in, we realize that nothing seems to have changed. Then we decide to try different things, dumping more into our bucket until we finally realize that nothing will fill the holes in our hearts.

People search for something. They seek purpose, material, love, success, all elusive goals. However, the difference between joyful people and desperate people is this: true joy comes to those who desire the least in the world, while joy evades those who seek after it the hardest.

Be careful when you strive for success, and why you set your aims high. This is coming from a nationally acclaimed speaker who reached her loftiest goals. Striving for success will leave you empty if you do not know who you are striving for. The only way to fill you bucket is not to keep dumping copious amounts of ‘stuff’ and ‘thing’s in it. The way to fill it starts with realizing that you are a broken vessel in need of a craftsman to fix the hole in the bottom of your heart.

He loves you.

He loves you.

He loves you.

Be blessed today.

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