When my kids were little, I planned a trip to Arizona with the newest baby to visit my parents. Thinking my four-year-old might enjoy a trip to see Grandma and Grandpa, I invited him along.
I told him he could come if he wanted, or he could stay home and go to a friend’s house one night for a sleepover and a video.
My little four-year-old agonized over the decision. Which would be more fun: going on a plane to see grandma and grandpa or sleeping at a friends’ house and watching a video?
He finally chose the plane trip, but it was a tough decision.
Not only does this show how video-deprived my kids were, it also shows what a hard time we have making decisions. Especially when we want the best possible option for maximum fun and enjoyment.
The criteria we use for making decisions reveals a lot about what’s important to us. For my son, the key factor was fun. He was following in his mom’s footsteps because that's what I have a tendency to live for.
We're all tempted to live for things other than God, and we can see these temptations at work in the way we make decisions.
Just think about your own life. What do you base your decisions on? The answer to that question may show what you have a tendency to live for.
Here are a few possibilities:
- What will be easiest?
- What will be safest?
- What’s fair?
- What’s comfortable?
- What will help me get the most work accomplished?
- What will make people admire me?
- What will make people like me?
- What will make the least amount of people mad at me?
- What is the Father’s will?
The problem with living for things other than God is that we never get enough to satisfy. If we choose the video, we’ll worry that the plane trip would have been more fun. If we choose the plane trip, we’ll wonder about that video.
God talks about this issue in Jeremiah 2:13 when He says this:
For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Fun as a life goal is a broken cistern that can hold no water. No matter how much we pour in, we’ll never get enough to fill us up.
The same holds true for a life focused on comfort, fair, safe, or skinny.
And the same holds true for a life focused on food.
When we live for things other than God, we’ll never get enough to satisfy. The more we pour into our needy bodies, the more we’ll need because the cistern is broken.
The best thing we can do if we really want to be happy is to go to the fountain of living waters.
Because He’s the only One who can truly fill us.
Thought for the day: What are you trying to fill yourself up with? Is it working?