Life on the road teaches me so much about myself and about human nature. One of the things that has always struck me is that we all have the same kind of empty feeling at different times. You see, it seems to me we all have a hole in us… and we are all, always, trying to fill that hole. When I was a child I thought the hole would be filled if Santa brought me just what I wanted or if I won enough soccer games and golf matches.
As I grew older I tried to fill that hole with other things. I think we all do.
We try to fill the hole with pleasure, but that doesn’t work. We tell ourselves, “Maybe I can fill it with stuff!” So we get a car, and a house, clothes, and a watch. Handbags, jewelry, shoes, and everything the material world has to offer. But that doesn’t work. The hole is still there. So we go off to see the world and find ourselves, but that doesn’t fill the hole. Next we chase accomplishment. “If I can just achieve enough, perhaps that will fill the hole.” We achieve great things, but the emptiness continues to reign.
We are slow learners so we usually cycle through several rounds of each of these attempts at filling the hole. More pleasure, more travel, more stuff, more accomplishments… but time and time again the hole remains.
We all experience the same kind of empty.
Why? The reason is, as always, disturbingly simple. We each have a God-sized hole in us. Only God can fill the hole. Try anything else you want, but it won’t work. It never has and it never will.
I wonder what God thinks about our futile attempts to find fulfillment and happiness in all the wrong places.
When are you going to allow God to reign in your life once and for all? Yes, reign as the King of the kingdom you think is yours… but is really his. This is the question I pose to myself and to you this month.
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