Most people’s lives are pretty much the same day after day barring a life-altering event such as marriage, divorce, a new job, moving to a new location, and so on. For most of us, however, today is not much different than yesterday. Nevertheless, one day we’re excited about life and ready to conquer the world and the next day we don’t even want to get out of bed. Many of us go through life in sort of an ebb and flow between satisfaction and dissatisfaction. Our lives are inconsistent when it comes to satisfaction, which causes us to seek out that which is missing. The problem is, we never find it. With this in mind, let’s ponder these questions:
- Why do I feel happy with my life one day and sad the next?
- Why do I feel good about myself one day and struggle with insecurity the next?
- Why do I feel confident one day and inadequate the next?
- Why do I feel loved by others one day and judged by them the next?
- Why do I feel satisfied in my job one day and question it the next?
I could go on, but I think you get the idea.
Feelings and ultimately behavior are determined by the tape that is running in our minds.
I am intrigued by the power of the mind. Scripture speaks time and again about the importance of our thoughts. What we think about matters. I’ve learned that in relationships, as well as life in general, that it’s not my circumstances that affects my life most, but what I ‘think’ about my circumstances.
I want to go deeper than mere thoughts. Thoughts in and of themselves will not necessarily effect how you feel. However, the thoughts that you MEDITATE on will not only determine how you feel, but how you behave. One of the Hebrew words in Scripture for meditation means ‘resounding music’. Have you ever had a song stuck in your head that played over and over again? That’s what the word means. I call it the tape that is constantly running in my mind. Everyone is meditating on something.
The reality of our lives is born when the meditations of our hearts come out of our mouths.
The reason we have inconsistency in our contentment toward life is primarily attributed to what we allow ourselves to meditate on. Our hearts follow what we meditate on. Once it is in our hearts it comes out of our mouths and our reality is born. For example, when you constantly meditate on the perfect job, your heart will leave the job you’re in and you will become dissatisfied. You will begin to talk about the perfect job and your reality will be that your current job is no good for you. The same process is true in relationships, areas of insecurity, moral behavior, and many other areas of life. We must replace that running tape with a new one.
How to improve satisfaction is life.
1. Meditate (think on, ponder day and night) on the Word of God. Ensure your meditations and words are pleasing to God. (Joshua 1:8; Ps. 19:14)
2. Meditate on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and worthy of praise, and reject what is not. (Philippians 4:8)
3. Meditate on the will of God not worldly passions. (1 Pet 4:1-2) Meditating on worldly passions will always lead your heart to dissatisfaction and invoke feelings of fear, anger, restlessness, and internal struggle. Instead, meditate and focus on God’s will for your relationships, job, health, etc.
Keep REACHING FORWARD to the satisfaction that can only be found in Jesus Christ. Meditating on Him will lead to a life that gets better each day!