Your soul cries out for relief. It does. Constantly. There are seasons of life when it cries out more than others. You may be in one of those seasons now.
How do I know this?
Look around. We live in a hostile environment. It’s as if everything is designed to kill our souls. But to see this, you have to look beneath…beneath all the layers of pretense. Most of what is killing our souls is insidious – it masquerades as “life giving.” It promises that we’ll feel better if we pursue it.
Is your highest pursuit to “feel better?” Take a look at your new year’s resolutions, if you made them. What are they about?
If I go to the gym and lose weight, I’ll feel better about myself.
If I get a new career, I’ll feel better about…
If I make more money, I’ll feel better…
If I find a soulmate, I’ll feel…
If I could only…, I’ll…
Most of what you’re doing. Most of what I’m doing. Most of what we’re all doing is geared toward releasing tension, finding relief, feeling better. About our lives. About ourselves. About our situations. About our circumstances.
Where are you searching for relief? What are you pursuing to feel better?
Why has Feeling Better become your god?
Do you see it? Do you see how this soul-killer has slithered its way into your Garden, or I should say, your parched desert plot?
It promises life if you’ll only pursue it, do it, find it, eat it, drink it, play it, feel it, risk it, love it, leave it, pretend it, or etcetera it.
You can find it anywhere. On your TV. At your Church. In your home. With your friends. At the bar. In the gym. At work. On vacation. In your dreams. It’s EVERYWHERE.
What is IT?
IT’s the promise that life is found in feeling better. And IT is worshipped by you, by me, by we, by all of us.
IT is everywhere you go. Why?
Because IT is YOU! IT is ME!
IT’s all of us.
WE, that’s you and me, are on a never ending search to feel better. It’s all about ME. It’s all about SELF.
IT is Self-Obsession. IT is our god, and IT is driven by the desire to feel better.
IT will kill you! It will hurtle you into a perpetual cycle of demands, addiction, and emptiness. This cycle is death. It kills the soul. Your self-worship, your self-obsession, your constant pursuit of relief and feeling better, is the fast track to hell.
Your soul is thirsty. Your soul is longing for Something.
Lying before your soul is an altar. You try to bring it gifts, an offering, in hopes that it will bring peace, joy, life. But the altar is not for your soul. The altar is for God.
Your soul was created to come to Him to find peace, joy, life. You bring empty sacrifices to try to appease your aching soul, but it’s crying out for the Author of life. Instead of bringing stuff to your soul (e.g. a better job, a boyfriend, more involvement in church, sex, alcohol, etc.), your soul needs to be brought before Him.
LOOK around you. SEE what’s being offered you. NOTICE how you’re falling for it. How I’m falling for it. How we’re all falling for it!
We’re looking for refreshment in all the wrong places. The old prophet Jeremiah, speaking for God, said it like this:
We’re offering our souls everything but the One thing it needs.
If you’re making resolutions. If you’re resolving to do anything. Resolve to stop the self-obsessed madness of pursuing feeling better about anything. Everything.
Instead of constantly searching for sacrifices to appease your soul’s ache, it’s longing; resolve to take your soul to the Fountain.
It won’t be easy. Our souls will ache until we’re finally Home, with Him, in His presence.
That ache is powerful. It’s good desire gone bad. It’s the source of addiction. Our addiction. Our addiction to relief and feeling better.
Addiction kills. It destroys the soul.
Feeling better isn’t wrong in itself. It’s the addiction to feeling better that kills – when it becomes our chief aim, our highest pursuit, the thing we live for. And we all live for it.
Jump off the train! Break the cycle! Kill the obsessive need to feel better, in whatever form it takes. It only leads to relational, emotional, and spiritual hell.
It’s going to take Courage. Strength. Perseverance. Trust. Hope. Community. And it’s going to take Awareness. Awareness of what’s happening at the altar of your soul. Are you offering empty sacrifices to it – trying to fill the ache, the void, the emptiness with anything and everything but God?
Or is your soul-altar reserved for God? Cleared of the crowded attempts to feel better. Left open for Him to come and meet you there…
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