Sometimes I wonder if I’m on a self-destructive path. I’m 25 years old with a Master’s degree, living with two roommates in a city I’m not in love with, working two jobs (because I can’t choose just one), rock climbing, and drinking more coffee than normal. My grandmother likes to ask me when I’m going to move back “home” and my parents regularly dance around the question of, “When are you going to get a normal job?” Society tells me that every choice I have made was wrong.
Yet, despite my concerns about money, the challenges of sharing a space with two people, and the occasional jitteriness from one-too-many cups of coffee, I feel fully satisfied. Here’s the thing: as Christians, we’re not going to make the choices that society wants us to make. So, in order to define our success and satisfaction, we cannot use society as a gauge. Look at Leviticus 26: 3-5 and 26 for perspective…
If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land…but later…When I cut off your supply of bread, ten women will be able to bake your bread in one oven, and they will dole out the bread by weight. You will eat, but you will not be satisfied.
If you’re feeling dissatisfied in your life, what are you missing? Think about your relationship with God as you do about your relationship with food. There are different food groups—if you’re missing one of those, your body isn’t going to be satisfied. There are many aspects to your relationship with God—if you’re missing one of those, your spirit isn’t going to be satisfied.
What’s missing from your relationship with God?
How can you be inspired by the men in Mark 2:1-12? Are you prepared to “tear the roof” off of a place in order to get closer to God…despite society’s disappointment in your actions?