Life’s not about growing your career, your bank account, your retirement fund, your platform, your status — life’s about growing your soul. Ann Voscamp
This quote was sent to me from a friend. For decades, I have shared, preached and counseled this truth, not in these specific words but identical meaning. There is nothing wrong with financial, vocational, status or personal success however if those things are first in your life you are missing a fuller existence.
Jesus said… For what does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and ruins, forfeits and loses himself, his own soul? (Luke 9:25)
We live in an interesting time. (I am sure someone in every generation has said that) I see a culture where we seem to have more money and less value, more things and less fulfillment, more time and less meaning, more freedom and less purpose.
The American Dream – James Truslow Adams defined it as, Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.
I do not disagree but if this is all you have, you’re missing the heart of being alive. All the world offers is not enough to satisfy your life. Blaise Paschal might have said it best:
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.
Reflect: What are you after? What are you filling your life with? Will it last?