I’m sick of the post-modern culture that says, “Live how you want, because you only live once.” This kind of thinking has destroyed families, it’s destroyed lives, it’s ruined futures, and it’s deceived many to their own demise.
During my young adult years I was seen as “cute” and “sheltered” for not dabbling in drugs, underage drinking, sex, and the party scene. Oh! Did I mention that I was homeschooled and played sports at a Christian school? Sterile is the word that comes to mind when you hear those words. Yet, even then, I was a minority in a crowd that made me feel like a prude for wanting more out of life than a temporary high. Most of my friends were partying, experimenting, and losing themselves to what they thought was a good time.
Since then, I’ve been to university, lived in Los Angeles, pursued my dreams, failed at my dreams, lived through my own personal hell, and made it to this beautiful mess of a person I am today. And ya know what? I still don’t regret saying “no” to all those temporary highs when I was younger.
Living life for more than yourself is rewarding; living life for a temporary high is empty.
Chasing after the dreams God placed on your heart is a terrifying, yet incredible journey! Chasing after the next distraction from reality is a road that leads to destruction.
Behind the eyes of every pleasure seeker is the most desperate and lonely soul, craving for something beyond themselves, yet looking in all the wrong places.
I’ve been that wandering pleasure seeker in my own way, searching for meaning in fame, love in attraction, and value in accomplishment. Yet, even so, those things won’t satisfy this broken heart.
“Have fun, even if it’s not the same kind of fun everyone else is having.” – C.S. Lewis
What if we stopped listening to the culture around us that is bent on destruction, not life? What if you discovered that life is meant to be lived for more than just you? What if you discovered that you were created for more than just existing?
Our culture emphasizes happiness, rarely addressing the human soul’s need for meaning and purpose. Yet, don’t we all crave a life that makes a lasting impact? Don’t we all search for the meaning of life when the crowd is gone and the world is silent?
I’ll leave you with this challenging passage from the Scriptures:
“Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.” – 1 John 2:15-17