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"Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst."" ~ John 6:35
Today's formula is the satisfaction formula.
The satisfaction formula specifies that fulfillment takes precedence over, is more important than, and plays a bigger part of your happiness than your desires. Fulfillment over desires. A lot of times we can feel a big empty hole in our soul and no matter how hard we try we can't fill that hole. We start running just to keep falling behind and our words turn stale as they meet the wind. Blue sadness is soon pushed out by a darkness that we can't control and to put it simply: we are NOT fulfilled. Lovers become unlovable, food becomes ash in our mouths, water doesn't quench, and enough is never enough. If only there was that missing puzzle piece; that light to fill the void.
to our great joy and amazement, there is. God sent his only Son down from his heavenly palace to do something that is utterly unfathomable: "He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5. Our Father sent his only beloved "arrow"* to die so that our holes will be filled with his love and righteousness, and that is the ONLY thing that can satisfy them. By His wounds we are healed - He took the hole in his heart so that we wouldn't have to. He didn't do it because He had to - he did it because he loves each and every one of us, no matter how much we have sinned. and the only thing that we need to do to become receivers of his grace is to let Him fill that hole and love Him with all of our hearts. This is where desire steps in.
it can be lots of things - not always good and not always bad. examples of good desires are ambition, passion, relationships with Christ and the people around you, expectation, and love. All of these are great things - except when taken too far. ambition turns into competition and you turn hostile towards your teammates or coworkers. passion can turn into hatred or obsession when you condemn all that doesn't go easily with who or what you are passionate about. relationships are very tricky; your relationships with Christ and the people you socialize with have a huge impact on your happiness, therefore it can be dangerous if they are handled too casually. expectation can very easily turn into false hope and believing in something that won't happen or satisfy you. love turns to passion which can turn into hatred or obsession, or you can give into something that you think is love but really isn't. All of these worldly desires have something in common: they are all things that we think can fulfill us.
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this is we must consider fulfillment over desire. it doesn't mean that we can't be passionate about something or we can't imagine something in ready expectation. it means that fulfillment can cancel out all of those things that we thought could fulfill us, leaving the healthy desires like love and ambition.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4:8
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"arrow" - "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate" ~ Psalm 127:3-5
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