So one of my last posts was talking about what I feel is one of the biggest problem in our culture today.
The problem of dissatisfaction.
Even if you don’t see this as a problem, it would still be hard to argue that it doesn’t exist in a significant way.  The question ISN’T is there a problem, but why is it so “easy” to expolit this weakness, why is it so easy to make us “want” things, what makes it so simple to cause dissatisfaction?  Are the marketers out there really “that” good??
Not to slam the creative people putting together compelling advertising campaigns that cause us to flock to the apple stores like lemmings, those guys are good, but the reason is deeper than that.  In the last 200 years it has become a fine art to exploit our human nature and cause dissatisfaction with whatever our current situation is, the fact our human nature can be exploited proves that there is something not quite right, something inherently wrong with our humanness, something MISSING…
It’s my belief that as humans God created us with a need that can only be filled with Him.  This is not a new concept by any means, in fact, no one is really sure exactly who thought through the concept originally, but the “God shaped hole” word picture was probably taken from something the famous mathematician and philosopher Pascal (1623 – 1662) wrote. “What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.”
In any case, scholars a lot smarter than me have spent a lot of time and effort studying the concept of this “thirst”, and its universally accepted that it exists.  Of course the debate on “why” and “how” it can or should be filled continues.
I would argue from personal experience in my own life that the only way to quench this thirst and live in a “fulfilled” state is to fill that hole with service to God.  Now what does that mean, and practically speaking how do you “actually” do that??   Not an easy question, one that I’m still trying to answer, and I would argue the answer can never “fully” be understood.  Saying that, over the years I have learned a couple things that have helped me in this.  First of all, God has designed each one of us with certain gifts or skills, our “gifts” are usually masked by years of school teaching and cultural programming, but they exist deep down inside, and He built into our human nature the desire to serve Him through the use of those gifts.
“Chris, are you saying I need to find my gift and become a monk in a remote monastery somewhere, cause I’m not cool with that…”
I’m not saying that at all, I believe God has made it clear that He wants us to use our gifts and talents to help others find and understand Him.   I believe that if your doing what God wants you to do you will have a natural passion that can be used for good things.  When someone has “passion” it can be a very powerful thing, examples throughout history abound.  The KEY is to try and learn what your “passion” is, what God has built into you, and use it for His kingdom.  It’s not an easy process, frankly its one that I think 99% of people miss entirely.  I suppose the real question is are you going to be the 1% or just a typical member of the 99%…
Good luck!
-Christopher Behnke
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