How Can We Find Joy, Peace, and Our Purpose?

American culture teaches us to focus our lives on seeking money, material things, and other worldly pursuits. We all want to have our dream job. We like to think that our dream job will enable us to earn good money, get enjoyable tasks done well, and give us a sense of fulfillment. Most of us want to live as well as our neighbors do, and we all want to be as happy as our friends seem to be. Their photos posted on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites seem to show how happy they really are. We are bombarded every day by television ads, internet ads, and magazine ads. These ads tempt us to buy products and services that are supposed to make us happy. We all want to show other people that we are successful and enjoying life. We all dream of having a new car and a beautiful place to live in. We want all the good things that life has to offer!

But once we get our dream job, find a nice place to live, and buy a new car, something surprising and disappointing tends to occur. We often still feel like something is missing in our lives. We may even feel like we are running on empty. Dream jobs and material things will not satisfy us because they don’t last forever. They aren’t eternal.

Pursuing the things of this world cannot satisfy our souls. Earning money, having material possessions, and enjoying life’s pleasures will never be enough to satisfy the desire of our hearts. We struggle with stress, negative thoughts, and questions about our purpose when we go after what the world offers us. Our hearts yearn to find real meaning in life.

Fortune, fame, and anything else in the world fail to bring us true contentment. We all long to make a difference in the world. We all want to not only survive and succeed but also to make a significant positive impact on the world. We want to thrive, not just survive. Thriving requires more than having money and a job and more than being in love; it requires knowing God and living for Him.

Besides longing for meaning and significance, we all have a God-shaped hole in our hearts that only God can fill. Even if we aren’t aware of our need for God, we all want and need God in our lives. If we aren’t seeking God, we’ll experience spiritual emptiness. Nothing and no one can make up for the void we’ll experience. Many of us desperately try to fill the void by using money, material things, approval from others, friendships, family, sports, our appearance, fame, popularity, etc. But only God can fill the void within. Our homes, cars, friends, and family cannot satisfy our craving for God. Nothing on this earth can satisfy our souls. Only God can. Only God can bring us lasting joy and peace, and thus our purpose should be to live for Him.

In my book The Life Changer, I have written an entire chapter about our need for God. I encourage you to read my book so that you can know more about our need for God and also read some powerful quotes about our need for Him.

Posted on May 1, 2022

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