If everything is a priority, then nothing really is. Some of the items on your list of things to do might include getting married, raising a family, providing a college education for your kids, paying off your bills, maintaining your health, retiring, moving to a warmer part of the country, and/or traveling overseas. These are all great things to do, but there’s got to be something bigger which gives us a reason to get through each day.

An American historian, James Truslow Adams, made this suggestion:

Perhaps it would be a good idea, fantastic as it sounds, to muffle every telephone, halt every motor, and stop all activity some day to give people a chance to ponder for a few minutes on what it is all about, why they are living, and what they really want.

While you’re reading, go ahead and take a moment to think these questions through:

  • Why are you living?
  • What motivates you to live from one day to the next?

Are you living for your next paycheck? How about for the husband or wife you hope God will hurry up and send your way? Let me tell you something that might just change your life: There’s more to life than doing and getting what we want. Nothing short of a growing relationship with Jesus Christ can provide the purpose and satisfaction we need. What He wants for us is best.

You may be living with restlessness because you have hopes and dreams that haven’t been fulfilled. God wants you to find ultimate satisfaction in Him right where you are. That’s where He can do His greatest work. It’s where you can be the happiest. And it’s why your living can be thrilling today.

There’s a God we want and there’s a God Who is and they are not the same God. The turning point comes when we stop seeking the God we want and start seeking the God Who is. — Patrick Morley

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder