WE ARE NEVER SATISFIED.
Looking back on my life, I have been truly blessed. I have a very loving and caring family who has always been there for me. I have been blessed with some of the greatest friends anyone could ask for, and I have the most amazing and handsome man in my life.
The one thing I think I am missing, is a good memory. I say this, because I often forget how blessed I am; I forget how fortunate I am to have such wonderful and amazing people in my life.
I think this is something that we all forget. We look at our lives and see what we are missing, instead of what we have. We look so far down the road, that we miss the blessings that are right in front of our face. Instead of being thankful for what we have, we ‘lust’ after what we do not.
As humans, that is one of our biggest problems; we are never satisfied. We always want more. Perhaps it is more money, perhaps more power or influence, perhaps a bigger house or a more ‘normal’ family. There are lots of things we want in life, lots of things that we desire, and they keep our focus on we do not have, instead of what we do.
And of course, this misguided focus, this lust for the things we do not have, is often the very thing that hurts and destroys relationships. I do not think there is a better example of this than Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve had everything anyone could have wanted; they had each other, they had a garden full of fruits and vegetables, they were the rulers of all beasts, and they had one of the closest relationships with God.
But for Adam and Eve, that wasn’t enough. They were still unsatisfied because they hadn’t fulfilled all of their dreams. They wanted more! Instead of looking at the beautiful garden, and how blessed their lives were, they wanted something they couldn’t have; the forbidden fruit. And they pursued that desire, just like many of us pursue desires that may not be beneficial to ourselves or to our families, and in doing so they lost nearly everything.
By focusing on their desires, instead of their relationship with God, they destroyed it. By focusing on their desires, instead of the blessing of their home, the Garden of Eden, they lost it. By focusing on their desires, the first recorded ‘blame’ entered their relationship.
Christmas is a time for us to reflect on the blessings we have received, and not the ones we haven’t. Christmas isn’t about giving gifts, but acknowledging the gifts we have been given. Christmas is a time for us to really take a deep look at ourselves, and ask, “What are we lusting for,” and more importantly, “Why?”
Christmas is a time to be satisfied; a time for us to cherish the gifts God has given us. To cherish the wonderful salvation provided to us through His son Jesus Christ, to cherish our personal relationship with Him, to cherish our families and friends, and to cherish the many other blessings we have received.
This season, ask yourself, “What blessings have I been given,” and then ask yourself, “How can I cherish them, and show that I am thankful for them?”
Posted on December 23, 2014, in Dear Jesus, Relationship and tagged Christmas, Family, Good Memory, Jesus, lust, Reflection, Salvation, Satisfaction. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.
Remember that someday we will die. Maybe even today. Don’t forget that. Don’t forget to be thankful for your health. For the ability to walk. For the time you get to spend with the person you love. For your siblings. For whatever it is that you have today. It’s not yours, it can be stolen away at any moment. So while you have it on loan, cherish it.
God’s grace and the grace of others is what get’s me through. I mess up a lot, let people down, or hurt those I love. Because of the grace the people in my life give me, we can move on and grow stronger. Most of all, the grace of Jesus gives us favor before God when we are undeserving. I am most of all thankful today of Jesus’ grace.
Great blog my friend! Keep up the good work of spreading the Word! Merry Christmas.
When I think about all that I have, or all the help I had raising my twins (who are just six months older) and just can’t imagine what their life is like. I consider myself to be a pretty down to earth person, but even just recently, I have been getting so fixated on those who have more than me (specifically, those who can afford daycare). Wow. I am so very very lucky. So if you feel bad because you can’t afford all the toys your little ones want this year? Don’t! The time you spend with your family is way more valuable than any amount of money that you could spend on them. There are so many people out there who have less than you. I always say that no matter how bad your life seems, there are lots of people out there who would love to be in your shoes. So have a merry and thankful holiday this year, and if you can give back, whether it’s donating to a cause, giving to the food bank, or volunteering your time (I have been wrapping presents with all the proceeds going to charity).
I am thankful that God sent His Son, Jesus, to be my Savior. I am thankful for all of my family, my friends, my home, Carson Bible Church, the Bible, and so much more.
Well done, Ezar. This Christmas I am thankful for the birth of our Lord and Savior. I am thankful for my salvation, and the Lords promises. I am thankful for the faith that the Lord has given me in going through some difficult times. Our faith is rooted in miracles, and I have seen the Lord perform many miracles in my walk with him.
I am thankful for the birth of Christ. Through him and his sacrafice, I will have eternal life. God has blessed me with far more than I deserve. Faith, family, friends….I live very simple and needs are very small. However, I do try to keep living my life as Jesus would do. Since I teach students with behavior disorders, I am constantly tried. But a deep breath and short time out…I know how I want to face choices. Being married twice to two unfaithful men has also tried my faith. (Ha…All I needed to do was follow God’s plan and not my own.) Will I ever learn. Want to keep Christ in this Season and those who try to revert to,”Happy Holidays” shouldn’t even be celebrating.
This Christmas, as all other Christmases, I am thankful for the birth of Christ. Without him , we would all be lost.
We look far down to what we are YET to have and then we forget to be grateful for the things that hmm, were they absent, hmmmmm, we would really have PRAYER POINTS!!!
Here’s an old song that really spells out Christmas for me:
You laid aside Your majesty, gave up everything for me,
Suffered at the hands of those You had created.
You took all my guilt and shame when You died and rose again.
Now today You reign in heaven and earth exalted.
I really want to worship You my Lord.
You have won my heart and I am Yours.
Forever and ever I will love You.
You are the only one Who died for me.
Gave Your life to set me free.
So I lift my voice to You in adoration.
Christians are supposed to be thankful people. Did you know that the word “grace” and the word “grateful” come from the same word? You see, if you have received God’s amazing grace by God’s amazing gift, you are supposed to be a grateful person. You are either a grateful Christian or you are a grumbling Christian.
We really are ungrateful and never ever satisfied. This Christmas I hv a list of stuff Im thankful for. I am thankful
1. For the joy and Peace that God can give even when things gethard, and who is bigger then all my fears and doubts.
2. For friends that will pray for me and who listen to me even when I ramble.
3. For my amazing family!
4. For Creativity all the beauty that is in the world
5. For the adventures that I’ve had this year that have been fun,slightly stressful, and amazing.
Thank you, Jesus
I see so much hurt and pain in the world, and seeing these parts of life makes me happy for all that I have.
I really think that the message of being grateful and praising God for all He has been and has done for me and my family is one that has to sink into my head this season.
I read about gratitude on E’s blog today and same here now.
I’m grateful, truly grateful and will remember that reflecting on God’s mercy, grace, kindness, protection…are virtues that should fill my heart in this season.
Merry Christmas Ezar!
Thankfulness is a virtue, and I believe I am finally on my way to learning it.
During this Christmas season I am extremely thankful for Jesus Christ an for his atoning sacrifice. Before my mission I don’t think I really comprehended the magnitude andmagnificence of what the Lord did for us, and I am sure there is still much I don’t comprehend. But I am thankful and I rejoice daily for what my Lord and Savior did for me. Merry Christmas to my family and friends, and you too, Ezar and may you find happiness in the Lord’s life during this season.
The root of Christmas lies deep in God’s love. Its fruit is borne by generous hearts, confessing lips, and surrendered lives during this holy time of year.
My theory is that most people spend most of their time sweating over things that won’t really matter when all is said
The ultimate desire pursuit is our Lord Jesus Christ.All other desires/pursuits pale into insignifance in d light of Him.He alone is d ‘satisfying portion’ dat fills all needs.When u sincerely have Him,u have all.He is our satisfaction in d land of d living.Lord, i am forever grateful to You….Daluooooooo!