All of us, whether famous or not, rich or not, ‘perfect’ or not, are desperately unhappy. Suicide is on the rise because of this unhappiness in our world. We are dissatisfied with our lives. We want to be thinner, more muscular, taller, shorter, go on that fantastic vacation, have that hot new car, live in that bigger home, send our kids to that ‘better school’. And the list is endless. Yet, here’s the thing. Even if we manage to achieve all these goals we think we need to reach, we will always be unhappy, deep down inside.
This is because we are missing the point. Our unhappiness isn’t really coming from our external circumstances. It’s coming from the very core of us – from our soul. And until we deal with what is truly making our souls unhappy, we will always be looking for something outside of us to make us happy. And what is the problem with our souls that leaves us feeling empty and desperately unhappy? It’s actually quite simple. We were born separated from the Author of love, joy and peace. God never meant for us to be separated. Back at the beginning when God created the first man and woman, they were in perfect harmony with him. There was no ‘God-shaped hole’ created by lack of closeness with God. I had to do a little digging, because I’m no great scholar, but I found a neat quote written by the French mathematician, philosopher and physicist, Blaise Pascal. He said, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man (and woman – addition mine) which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” How amazingly well summed up!
We are all looking for something because there is something missing. That something missing happened way back when Adam and Eve first sinned and caused all humanity to be separated from the love of God for eternity. That’s the bad news. The good news is that, several centuries later, God sent His only son to reconnect with us. Now we have the chance to have that ‘God-shaped hole’ filled with the one Person who can truly satisfy us. We are all struggling to be truly happy, when it’s simpler than we ever realized.
Now, I say simple, because it is. Easy? Many would say no. Letting God fill that hole and be Lord over our life and being willing to enter into a relationship with a God many people have shunned over the course of their lives – that’s hard. Again, I say that salvation is simple. Why do I say that? Because Jesus made it simple. We don’t have to earn it. We don’t have to do a bunch of works to make our way to Heaven. God isn’t sitting up in His Heaven saying, “Come on, guys! You can all do better than that! You messed up once, but maybe you’ll finally get it!” Far from it! God isn’t sitting up there with His arms crossed. I would argue that He’s not sitting at all, but standing, bending, arms outstretched and tears of love streaming down His face. He wants us to return to that wonderful fellowship with Him that will fill that longing in all our hearts.
He wants everyone, of every culture, creed, skin colour, sexual orientation, age, gender, race…He wants everyone to have that connection with Him that was lost at the beginning of time. His love for us is so great that He couldn’t stand to see us wandering around, lost and in emotional agony for a second longer. Over 2000 years ago He sent His son to show us how to find our way home to our Heavenly Father. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through me.”
Some people see that as narrow minded and bigoted but it’s the truth. And it’s the way to finally be free of this bondage of self-hatred, emotional agony and dissatisfaction. And it’s a truth that will never change. In a world of uncertainty, fear, pain and hopelessness, this Truth can give us the hope and joy we crave.
I titled this entry “Where Can True Happiness Be Found?” and for anyone who has read this far, I hope you have received the answer. True, deep down happiness isn’t found in changing ourselves into something we think we should be. It isn’t found in the next fad or being rich. It isn’t even found in humanitarian work, though that is a noble pursuit. True happiness is found in finally allowing the God who loves us enough to send His one and only beloved Son to earth to pay the price for our rebellion and bring us to Himself, to do so.
I hope that you will consider what I have written here. Not because I’m some great author who loves to hear herself write. Because I’m neither a great author nor a huge fan of my own writing. I hope you will consider what I have written because I know that allowing the one who created your soul to heal your soul, is indeed where true happiness can be found.
Until next time, keep dreaming and never give up.