photo by: Shirley/Oklahoma/September 2010
True Fulfillment
originally written 29 Sep 10
posted 1 Oct 10
There is nothing that brings fulfillment to our souls except God Himself.

We were created for relationship with Him and with others.
God is a relational God. We are created in His image. 

We can search for fulfillment all over the world...but we will never find it...
NEVER find it...
until we look to God to be the center of our being. 
That is something I know beyond a shadow of a doubt.

We can worship people,
but they will always eventually let us down or hurt us.
They are human…they were never created to be our “all in all.”
We can worship food…but it will only destroy our bodies.
We can even worship physical fitness...which in itself is not wrong, 
but when it is put ahead of God...it's a problem.

Drugs...drink...sex...careers…even striving to live the “perfect Christian life”...
Whether they’re good things or bad things,
when ANYTHING OR ANYONE becomes more important
than God in our lives, we are headed for a nasty fall.
There is no way around it.
God will not stand to be replaced.
Period.

Our Heavenly Father wants to fill our lives with good things.

 “Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives;
he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven
give good gifts to those who ask him!
(words of Christ found in Matthew 7:7-11)

He wants to pour blessings on us because He loves us.
But He wants to be loved too. 

When someone asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus replied, 

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.
Matthew 22:37-38

When we love the creation more than the Creator it hurts Him.
What we often fail to see is that it hurts us too. 
We waste our lives seeking fulfillment in things or people who were never designed, nor given the ability, to satisfy that empty place that only our Heavenly Father can fill.
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