Finding Satisfaction

 
 
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How do you find satisfaction in this life? Our culture would say it’s through stuff, status, and your station in life. But God has something even better in-store. Press play and take the journey of learning how to live your best life.


OPENING ILLUSTRATION: 

I’ve been doing some traveling lately, traveling means digging out luggage and things you haven’t used till the last time you traveled.  There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to find something you want.  I’m looking for my bathroom bag and can’t find it.  I literally got to the point where i’m tearing bags apart and throwing stuff over my shoulders – digging through to find it…

Oh man, NOTHING as frustrating as trying to find something and not

I feel like that’s how most of us are in our lives – we want contentment

-peace and deep satisfaction, yet, nothing we ever do feels satisfying

-aren’t satisfied with our career is at

-should be doing more as a parent

-moms incredible guilt about not being good enough

-feel deep sense that everything is not ok

Is this really your best life?

B

What can we learn TODAY that would help us start feeling a greater level of contentment in our own life?

CONTINUED ILLUSTRATION:

Jenni’s trick called, “Look somewhere else”…  been looking like crazy for something, “did you check in…”  of course I lie and then immediately go check and find it.  

before jump into scriptures, redirect where looking for contentment.

Because if you don’t change where you’re looking, you’ll keep missing out on true contentment…

B

Lasting contentment can’t be found in stuff, status or your station in life.

Did you get that?

-new pair of shoes

-new rod set up

-different vehicle

-getting rich

-becoming the boss, etc.

-closing more sales this month than last

not going to change the level of contentment you feel…

-but this is where we all spend our time looking  

taught since kids that stuff, status and station in life will bring contentment – like we’ve arrived –

never be enough.

be willing to look somewhere else for your contentment…

Prov. 17:1

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet 

   than a house full of feasting, with strife. 

wisdom flies in face of EVERYTHING world is shoving down throat

ILLUSTRATION:

Every commercial if you want to be happy, you need to be skinnier, cooler, have more friends, drive a cool car all while the wind is blowing through your hair and with tons of people all around you laughing and having a good time while bouncing a beach ball around…

But Solomon – the guy who had that life

-He was a king

-had any woman he wanted

-had any thing he could want

he says

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet 

-better off with a dry piece of stale old bread

-and a life that is full of peace and quiet

than a house full of feasting, with strife. 

-than to have a house that is full of a party

-actually, the idea here is people who have given a sacrifice to God and are eating the meat – it’s a giant BBQ

-but at the party there is this huge brawl that breaks out…

The question is this:

Is Solomon right?

Because what he is saying fly’s in the face of our cultures wisdom

ILLUSTRATION:

I have actually been at a big party that was full of fighting…

Thanksgiving a few years ago and we were at some families house.  One of our family members got drunk and was becoming violent.  To the point where your pastor, jumped onto of the individual and threw them to the floor and held them down until they calmed down…

We ended up having Thanksgiving that year, but I can tell you from personal experience, I would have rather had a crusty piece of bread and peace and quiet, than the chaos of that night…

What Solomon is saying is:

Stuff, status, and station in life can’t fix disfunction

So, if stuff status and station in life can’t fix disfunction, what can

-how do you get peace and keep peace?

There is a famous Psalm of David’s

I move my search here:

Psalm 23:1-3

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

David was a shepherd – he knew that a shepherd protected, guided, guarded, led the sheep – made sure their every need taken care of.

The person looking for contentment recognizes that God is enough – “I lack nothing”

2     He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,

3     he refreshes my soul.

As I get older, realize, it’s my job to chew the grass God has put in front of me.

ILLUSTRATION:

A few years back, we went on Retreat in Colorado.  I went hiking and found this little babbling brook.  I just laid down on the rocks by that brook and listened to the water gently roll over the rocks – there was no rushing, nothing that HAD to be done.

The person looking for contentment rests and enjoys where God has put them.

-When was the last time you STOPPED trying to have it all together and just accepted that God has got you?

-When was the last time you slowed down enough to enjoy God and what He has given you?

ILLUSTRATION:

One of the things I regret about the church we planted in Wichita was that I never really stopped and just enjoyed what God was doing.  I was ALWAYS looking for what He wasn’t doing.  More, bigger, grow, get, stuff, status, station.  

Stop looking for what God is not doing and start celebrating what he is doing and has done.

main differences between the content person and discontent is directly tied to your ability to rest and reflect.

It’s why Jesus said…

Matthew 11:28-29

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Because He came to give life and give it to the full.  

CLOSING:

Bill, running after the ball – all of us yelling at him to stop…

I’m yelling at you today, STOP – don’t go over the edge…

-start to look elsewhere for peace – memorize the first 3 verses of psalm 23…