The One Thing That Humans Want More Than Anything In This World – and Yes, There is a Way for Us All to Have It

Find your quiet place, plop down in your cozy chair with a warm cup of coffee and a doughnut (yeah, I said it) and snuggle under your favorite blanket so you can soak this in.

This time, the article is for YOU, Mom and Dad.  Don’t worry – I’ll have more kids’ lessons to come soon, but I think it’s important that we keep ourselves fed full of yummy, spiritual goodness as well.  After all, we can’t successfully teach our children about Jesus if we are not spiritually healthy ourselves.

What was the first thing you thought of when you saw the title of this post?

  • Was it never having to work again?
  • A nice house in the nicest neighborhood around?
  • Health so good that you feel like you could swing from chandeliers?
  • For your children to have perfect health?
  • For your kids to do what you say the first time you say it 100% of the time you say it from here on out (sorry, parents, I had to throw that one in there ;D)?

These are all wonderful things to have, no doubt, but this isn’t “the one thing” I was referring to…

What is it we all want more than anything?  Let’s take a deeper look:

  • When we’re infants, we long to feel loved by our mothers – that affection and security is crucial to a developing infant.
  • When we’re toddlers, we long to feel secure by our parents still – also crucial for a toddler.
  • When we’re in grade-school, we look up to our teachers. We want to make good grades. We want to be recognized and feel good about doing a good job.
  • When we’re in middle-school, the more friends, the better. We want to be in the in-crowd, because after all, being in the in-crowd brings automatic happiness, right? (hence the sarcasm here).
  • When we’re of high-school/college age, we not only try to gain our friends’ acceptance, but we are looking for a mate – someone to spend our life with, show us affection, a lifelong companion – again, we want to feel that security.
  • When we find a job, we try to gain acceptance from our co-workers and boss, and usually try to move up the ladder.  We again, want to be recognized.
  • After we’ve found our spouse and settled down, our biological clock usually starts ticking and we long for children. We probably still long for acceptance from family, friends and even our spouse as we have before.

But it doesn’t stop there.  We look for acceptance in not only people, but other areas such as:

  • Money – If we have the amount of money we want, will we be on cloud nine? Singing in the rain? Kicking our heels together?
  • Status/Fame – We feel that if we can climb the career ladder or gain a higher status/popularity in our community, we will be happier and people will want to befriend us.
  • Nice things – “If I could just afford a brand new car instead of this old car I’m driving…(new car smell, anyone?)”, or “If I could just be like the ‘Joneses’, I would be happy.”  Does having everything “the Joneses” have make us more accepted?
  • Good looks or good health – “If I could just lose 50 pounds and look 10 years younger, I’d finally feel good every time I looked in the mirror.”  Is good looks and health the true key to happiness?
 How would all these “things” make us happy?  When we get down to the philosophical answer – it’s because we believe they will ultimately lead to feeling SECURE.
  • Higher status at work = recognition and security in our job
  • Money = never having to want for anything or go without = security
  • Good looks = popularity and having lots of friends = security
Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with having these things. However, it shouldn’t be the MAIN thing we want. All of these things boil down to us wanting what?
Acceptance and Security.  
But where does true acceptance and security come from?  Will any of those things listed above ever truly fill that void?
The answer is a big fat NO.
We ultimately are all searching to be accepted, secure and LOVED.
Humans were created by God to love and to be in relationship with others.  We weren’t created to be alone.  That’s why in Genesis, God states that He did not want Adam to be alone, so He created Eve.
But what’s the problem with human to human relationships?  Although they are wonderful and necessary, they are flawed.  We can’t 100% rely on another person to love us forever and unconditionally.

But there is one source of LOVE and acceptance that is available to everyone:

God’s LOVE. 
Like I said above, there is nothing wrong with having nice things in life, and of course we all need human relationships.  God made us to need that.  It’s when we only go to those “nice things and other people ” as our source of love and leave God out of the picture.
As Charles Stanley stated, we will never be completely satisfied because we are drinking saltwater.  We will only be satisfied when we find the Spring of Life – that is, Jesus Christ.  Just like he said to the Samaritan woman in John 4:13 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
For God so loved the world that he
gave his one and only Son, that
whoever believes in him shall not
perish but have eternal life.
– John 3:16
Have you received eternal life from Jesus?  If not, all you have to do is admit to Jesus you are a sinner, believe that He died on the cross and rose again for us, believe that He is God’s son, and ask Him to forgive you.  Then you will receive the most precious gift you could ever receive: the gift of eternal life and the gift of unconditional, unchanging, eternal love, and as you walk with Christ you will experience a love like you’ve never felt before, a love that fills that void.

See more on becoming a Christian here. 

Are you already a follower of Jesus?  There are many ways to strengthen and grow your relationship with Him:
  • Study and meditate on His word daily.
  • Pray daily.  Confess any sins and ask him to transform you through the Holy Spirit.
  • Attend church.  Having a family in Christ helps you to grow in your faith as well.
  • Attend Bible Study/Sunday School class to dive deeper into the Bible.

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