How I Won $10k

Don’t be too thrown by the title. We’ll get to that in a sec.

Sick days leave lots of time (and excuses) for tea, ice cream, and some blogging. That being said, hopefully this all makes sense despite my lethargic body and stuffy head.

So, WordPress has all these suggestions for getting more people to read you blog. One suggestion is coming up with a creative and intriguing title for a blog post. I thought I would try it out and see if it worked. If you’re reading this, then it did! Oh and before I forget, I haven’t won  $10,000. I was just trying out the tactic (which I promise never to use again). Winning that much money is something I only fantasize about when I picture how I’m gonna pay off my student loans. Silly me. Anyways, now that you’re here your might as well continue reading 🙂

Okay so, if I were to give this post a legitimate and relevant title it would probably be something mundane like “Satisfaction” or “Contentment” or if I was feeling really creative (acknowledge my sarcasm), something like “Are ya happy yet?”.

Think about it. Are you satisfied? Most people aren’t. There is always something we want and this first world country we live in hasn’t helped. A 2007 New York Times article stated that, ” a person living in a city 30 years ago saw up to 2,000 ad messages a day, compared with up to 5,000 today (2007).” Can you imagine how many ads we see in 2014? My guess is a whole lot more than 5,000. It’s all done in an effort to get us to want bigger and better things. Better cars, better style, better food, better technology, better this, better that, you name it. It’s simple- our culture is hungry for happiness and seeks to satisfy that need with earthly things. This brings us to the question of, when will it be enough? When will we be happy or satisfied with what we have?

If we are honest with ourselves, most of us we have plenty. Paul, on the other hand (the writer of Philippians), had just about every reason to complain and to be unsatisfied with his life. He was living in jail in Rome around 60 AD when he wrote this letter. I’m sure he would consider today’s prisons a slice of paradise compared to his living condition. Despite all he had to be upset about, Paul is considered by many to be one of the most joyful saints of the Bible. In chapter 4 of Philippians he says,

11…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
12. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I  have learned the secret of being content
in any and every situation whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

Paul found genuine satisfaction and strength in the fact that Christ was his savior. He was content and satisfied with Christ. Paul didn’t need fancy clothes, a significant other, popularity, good health, or the newest iPhone. All he needed or even desired was Jesus. Don’t get me wrong. The things I mentioned aren’t necessarily bad, especially good health. The problem comes when we place too much value on those things and they end up passing away. A mentor from high school  posed this question to me: If all your family died, your house burnt down, and the world was against you, would Jesus be enough? That’s a pretty weighty question to offer up over breakfast but I’ve never forgotten it because it is a true challenge.

During my senior year of high school, I realized I had another question I needed to answer. (To get some background read this post) If I could never sing again, would I go through life mourning or would Christ be enough for me? Would I allow Him to be my strength? When I got to the point of saying that Jesus was enough, it didn’t mean that I would never mourn the loss of my voice again. It just meant that when I did mourn, I would do it in a way that recognized God’s sovereignty and  would allow Him to fill the void. I would find my joy in Him rather than in my abilities.

In 2 Corinthians 12 Paul talks about having a “thorn” in his side. Most people aren’t really sure what Paul is referring to by a “thorn” but whatever it was, Paul was most likely dealing with physical pain. Paul writes, “8. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'” Despite pain, Christ was enough for him!

When I look at the world, it’s pretty sad. Like I said before, everywhere you look people are striving to satisfy their desire to live a happier life through earthly things and people. The problem with earthly things is that they are temporary. So then what? What happens when earthly things fail or disappear? There is an immense feeling of discontentment and sadness- a void. As Christians, with the help of the Holy Spirit we are able to find our happiness in Christ, someone who will never fade. When we find our happiness in Him, that is where true satisfaction comes from and we can stop chasing after the things of this world.

I guess if I really did win $10,000… big whoop. I would spend it, or invest it, or give it away. Then it would be gone. Christ is forever and worth far far more than $10,000. With that said, “you can have all this world, just give me Jesus.”

Have a good weekend! Woot woot!

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