“If the people who have what we want aren’t happy, let’s want different things.” – Donald Miller
Picture after picture after picture of human highlight reels full of smiles, laughter, and contentment. One person just got married to the “greatest spouse ever”, while another person landed their dream job (and wants us all to know). We watch our friend’s kids grow up right before our eyes (literally), even when we would prefer to be spared the journey. Swanky restaurants in Paris, London, and New York are frequented every night, but only through a vicarious digital cameo.
Each one is a massive world of highlights, fake contentment, and a thousand pictures of our “better side”. These are the utopian societies of postmodern humanity. No flaws. No weaknesses. No brokenness. No tears. No heartache.
But we still want more…Despite all of our highlights, ever single one of us is desperate to find what is even better.
I just finished watching the two season series on Netflix called “Daredevil” by Marvel. One of the most conflicted characters in the series is a guy named Wilson Fisk – an incredibly wealthy mob leader in the city of New York. Wilson has everything, including a personal assistant who takes care of everything when he says the magic words, “Take care of it”.
(Side note: wouldn’t it be awesome if all I needed to do was say “Take care of it” and someone would do my dishes, wash my laundry, grab my Chinese takeout, and pay my bills?)
Back to Wilson. So yeah, he has all of this wealth and all of the power you could imagine, yet, we find that he still longs for more…Love. Enter Vanessa – the beautiful art director at some random little hipster art studio in Hell’s Kitchen. They fall in love and she even remains by his side after learning about his murderous past and his present identity. She was tired of being a poor art director, I suppose.
Yet, Wilson wants more…He wants to protect Vanessa and “clean up” the city that he claims is his own. He just isn’t satisfied…Ever.
I think we are all like Wilson Fisk. We want, so we take. We envy, so we reach for that which is not ours. We love someone (or something), but we show complete disregard for the hurting world around us.
We all want more…
This is the part where I’m supposed to say, “Jesus is the only one who can fill the God-shaped hole within your soul.”
Jesus is the only one who can fill the God-shaped hole within your soul.
There. I said it.
Let’s see what Jesus had to say about it, as well:
“Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, ‘Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?’” – Mark 8:34-37
So wait…self-sacrifice is the way??? Huh? How do I fill my cravings by giving away, not taking?
This is where Jesus flips our understanding upside-down. We find contentment when we serve others, not when we are served. We find fulfillment when we give to others, not when we take. We find God’s heart when we offer Him ours.
Humanity is doing it all wrong, which explains why we are all in desperate need of “more”.
What if we began giving instead of taking?
What if we began serving instead of asking to be served?
What if we hand over our hearts to God in exchange for His heart?
“I’m tired of fighting for just me” – Switchfoot