of an appetite or desire: impossible to satisfy.
Early January 2016. It’s a cool winter evening, patches of snow here and there. Dad and I are visiting two friends for a laid-back time of prayer and pizza-eating.
The two friends, the dudes with whom we are fellowshipping, are bodybuilders. Huge. Menacingly muscular. Ripped to an almost comical degree. Unsurprisingly, they’re going to head to the gym after our get-together adjourns.
They’re both so buff. But one is slightly less jacked than the other. And that bothers him.
“Man, if only I could be as big as this dude,” he says with a grin, pointing to his friend.
What are you talking about? I incredulously think. You’re already swole. Probably more swole than 98% of Americans. Definitely way more swole than me.
My friend had just revealed what appeared to be an insatiable desire for muscles. You see, the thing with muscles is that, no matter how muscular you are, you could always be a little bit more muscular. It’s therefore a desire that’s impossible to fully, completely, 100% satisfy.
Let’s think about other things like that.
No matter how physically beautiful you are, you could always be a little bit more beautiful.
No matter how much money you have, you could always have a little more.
Social media footprint? Could always be a little bigger.
Job? Could always be a little better.
Sex? Could always be a little more pleasurable.
Fame? Food? Intellect and education? Awards and recognitions?
These all offer fleeting moments of fulfillment. But, sooner or later, they are inevitably followed by a little goading voice inside: “Just a little bit more.”
“External ambitions are never satisfied because there’s always something more to achieve,” wisely wrote New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks.
Queue some timeless advice from Jesus.
“Take care,” he said, according to Luke 12:15, “and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (The Greek word for covetousness in that verse—πλεονεξία, pleonexia—means a greedy desire to have more.)
Today, don’t spend all your energy pursuing things that don’t satisfy. Don’t think you’ll find fulfillment with just a little bit more ( fill in the blank ). You won’t. Neither will I.
So what does satisfy? If our lives don’t ultimately consist of possessions and physical things and fleeting fleshly pleasures, what does fulfill?
Friend, lasting fulfillment is found on the inside. In your soul. Not with possessions or external accolades. But with God.
Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. | John 4:14
Draw near to Him today. He can satisfy.
I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish. | Jeremiah 31:25