What do you crave most? Is it academic excellence, a great career, fame, sex, or alcohol? We all desire things, but is what you desire big enough to satisfy the deepest longings of your soul? Our worldviews, that is, the different ways in which we see the world around us, play an important role in shaping where we think we will find satisfaction in life.mensclub24
A naturalistic view of the world holds that our origins, meaning, and destiny are simply what we make of this brief life and there is no overarching meaning to our existence. Our lives, then, become a quest to find the meaning which will most satisfy us before we die. A Christian worldview on the other hand, holds that from the beginning we were designed and meant for something great: to experience the satisfying greatness of God and reflect his image in this world. What happened though is that we chose independence rather than dependence on God, and now our desires and ambitions have become disordered; we live for created things (like money, food, and sex) rather than our Creator. The result is that our capacity and vision for happiness is now smaller and narrower than what we were made for.
C.S. Lewis, former Oxford professor and author of The Chronicles of Narnia, wrote that our problem is not that our desires are too great, but that they are too little. He says:
Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by an offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.1
Do you feel at times that there must be more satisfaction to life than you are experiencing now?
Imagine if there is more to satisfaction than movies, food, parties, a successful career, or a deeper relationship with a boyfriend/girlfriend. Perhaps we have been too busy playing by the shore with mud pies when there is an ocean of infinite joy before us.
1 – Lewis, C. S. “The Weight of Glory” from The Weight Of Glory: And Other Addresses. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans [1965, c1949. Print.]