For a few days while on maternity leave, I felt like there was more to do! I wasn’t satisfied with where I was and what I was doing at that moment. My mind was searching for ways to fill that need to “be fulfilled/satisfied”. This was my state of mind while nursing my 5-week-old baby.
We all as humans long for fulfilment and satisfaction in life. We spend time (which makes up our life) looking for that “more”; that fulfilment and satisfaction in life.
Most times, this is the driving force and one of the main reasons why we want to achieve or attain success and recognition in our fields or careers.
I have often wondered why men and women who worked so hard and spent time to attain the height of their careers end up committing suicide. Like, what more did they want???
Well, they definitely wanted more because that feeling was not addressed. There was still a need for fulfilment and satisfaction which is absurd considering all they had attained.
“I communed with my heart, saying, “Look, I have attained greatness, and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind” – Ecclesiastics 1:16-17 (NKJV)
I can imagine them thinking about how they spent their time (which is their life) trying to attain the peak of their career. All to find fulfilment. Yet, the feeling they get is not permanent! So, they start thinking “what more is there to live for! There is no more height to climb; I have reached the peak and there is no more”. Hence, there is nothing left to spend time (life) on; so, they end time (life) and end the feeling of the need for “more”.
Why didn’t their success and achievement give them the strength to disregard that feeling of the need for more? Why wasn’t it enough?
If it isn’t enough, why do we young people still push for success and achievement like our lives depend on it and like that is all there is to life? Yes, there is nothing wrong in success and achievement. However, I suggest we redirect our energy to first addressing the feeling of more.
Getting the feeling of more addressed doesn’t come from what we have but who we are and meant to be! Not finding our identity and purpose first is putting energy and effort in the wrong direction. It really leads to nowhere. Once we find this, we won’t need more nor have the feeling of there is more because we have all that we are and are meant to be. We are just right where we belong doing just what we were meant to do.
How do we find who we are and meant to be? Simple! Find out from the One who created us.
“The Lord has made everything for his own purposes,” – Proverbs 16:4a
“The rich and poor have this in common: The Lord made them both.” – Proverbs 22:2
First, God created us, He made us!
What was His purpose?
“for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see – such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.” – Colossians 1:16
We were created through Christ and for Christ. What were we created for? “For Christ” Hence, our identity and purpose are in Christ!
All that is needed to be done is to Accept Christ and build a relationship with Him.
It is in knowing Christ and spending our time (life) with Him that we address the feeling of more. We find fulfilment and satisfaction in Him, not by our achievements or accomplishments. Yes, not even the ones we “do” for Christ. It is Christ and Christ alone that fills us up!
Someone may ask, “what about doing good/great works for Christ, using our potential, gifts and talents; isn’t that what purpose is?”
Well, God has called us to allow Christ to live through us, so we can do the good works He predestined for us.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” – Ephesians 2:10
You cannot do these good works God speaks about outside of Christ. We get to know Him and then, we allow Him lead and direct us to do the good works.
Our purpose is not the good works but Christ working in us! The good works are a product of us living a life of purpose (that is, living our life in Christ with Him working through us). A life where we are satisfied and fulfilled “regardless” of the good works we do or what we accomplish or what we achieve.
Why regardless? Because it’s really not us doing them but Christ at work in us!
So, are you searching to know who you are and what you are meant to be? FIND CHRIST.