My wife and I recently had dinner at a German restaurant where the food was fabulous! After spending six years in Germany, we developed a taste for fine German cuisine. Now, if you know German food, you know that it is not fancy, nor is it expensive; however, as my wife says, “it will make your taste buds dance!” The key to great food is found in the recipe. You will never be able to prepare your favorite dish and achieve that satisfying taste unless you apply ALL of the right ingredients.
Have you ever stopped to think about what it really takes to live a life that is satisfying and enjoyable? Most people will say that achieving a satisfying life comes from working hard to earn lots of money, stewarding your money well, staying healthy, and enjoying the relationships in your life. All of these ingredients are certainly part of the recipe for a satisfying life. If we stop there, however, our recipe is incomplete and the final product (our life) will be less than satisfying. We must ensure we add the most important ingredients. Let’s take a look:
Proverbs 22:4 (NLT)
4 True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.
Ingredients for a satisfying life
1. True Humility – The NLT uses the word “true” indicating that perhaps there is a “false” humility. Don’t be confused; humility is not giving up your rights or devaluing yourself. Humility is about heart and attitude. Humility is about positioning yourself for great satisfaction in life. Here’s how:
- God gives grace to the humble (James 4:6)
- Humility comes before honor (Prov 18:12)
- With humility we are to show tolerance for one another (Eph 4:2)
- With humility we are to regard one another as more important than ourselves (Phil 2:3)
2. Fear of the Lord – To fear the Lord means to reverence Him. In short, this means to walk in the righteousness that comes from Christ. In other words, it means to live right before God. It also means to walk through your decisions and actions with God in mind:
- Start and end your day…with God in mind.
- Do your job…with God in mind.
- Relate to your spouse and children…with God in mind.
- Make every choice…with God in mind.
When you and I add the ingredients of humility and fear of the Lord, we are setting ourselves up for a life that is satisfying and enjoyable to live.
Is your life not satisfying? Perhaps you’re missing a key ingredient.