What state do you find yourself in these days?
I don’t mean like the state of Iowa or California, or Indiana.
I mean in your heart and your mind.
Truthfully, I find my self in a state of holy dissatisfaction.
I call it holy because I believe it is God ordained.
At times, the only way I can be convinced to move forward!
Commercials do it all the time!
They convince us how dissatisfied we are with a given product on a given day, so that we will move on out and purchase their products.
Holy dissatisfaction = displeasure, discontent, disappointment, unhappiness, frustration.
My previous post I wrote about Cave Dwelling.
This post is more about what pushes us into and/or out of that cave.
Don’t get me wrong.
Contact is fine, that leaving the cave.
But in truth, it isn’t always energizing, and sometimes it’s simply exhausting.
People can be loud.
People can be out of order.
People and be stinky and ill mannered.
(And maybe they think I am all of those things!)
People, like myself, are just trying to get back to their caves.
When it comes down to it, the reality is that people are not noticing the people and things around them that have nothing to do with their day, unless they happen to get in their way.
We’re all just trying to return to our cave dwellings.
We live all together, yet alone.
In other words, you really can get too much of a good thing.
Too much time presiding contentedly in our caves can indeed become excessive (or obsessive) to the point of being “too much of a good thing”.
It can turn us into self centered persons, who are really unappealing.
This condition I’ve found in myself has caused in me something I will call “Holy dissatisfaction“, here is an example;
-I have a favorite shirt. I wear it all the time. It starts out pristine. It becomes comfortable. After time it begins to break down. It becomes threadbare. It no longer serves its purpose, “dissatisfaction”, has been achieved, and the shirt must be replaced. I get to choose at this point whether to replace it or not. If I don’t, it will further disintegrate, causing sadness and possible regret for me not being able to make the change. If I venture out for a new shirt, I may find that there are others out there that I can enjoy just as much.-
Seeking out others can be loud, and messy, and exhausting; but isn’t that what we’re here to do? Reach out to others?
- What if I see out and about in town today, and I manage to “get in your way”?
- What if I greet you pleasantly instead of growling?
- What if I can help you reach that item high on the shelf?
- What if I let you in on that line of traffic, or buy your coffee in the drive thru?
- What if I could give you just one good thing to smile about today?
It really wouldn’t cost me much of anything extra.
That would create a wonderful moment for each of us.
But I had to leave my “Cave” in order to make that happen.
So let me encourage you – Make a moment. Make two.
Heck, let’s make it a habit!
Making moments until next time.
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. Matthew 18:20 (ESV)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21 (ESV)