A need for fulfillment is a strong motivator. We want to feel happy and satisfied. We hope to see our dreams and expectations become reality.
Yet we chase after things that leave us just the opposite. Sometimes we fully expect our pursuit to fill that longing within us to have purpose, to feel content, only to find that not only were we climbing the wrong ladder, but we had it propped against the wrong building.
Other times we foolishly run after things that will not only fall painfully short of fulfillment but also ultimately destroy us. Yet we divulge for the brief escape from our current painful reality.
Does anything exist that will always bring fulfillment?
Yes! How cruel would God be if He created us with a need for fulfillment then left us without anything that will meet that need?
I can think of at least 4 things that will always bring fulfillment.
- Meaningful Relationships. Relationships alone will not always fulfill. But healthy, life-giving, God-honoring relationships will always fulfill. Sure, at times they will also potentially cause pain, but in the longterm it’s always better to cultivate meaningful relationships. This includes relationships with those who pour into your life as well as those you invest in or mentor. Ask yourself these questions as you evaluate the relationships in your life: When I leave the company of that person, do I feel more or less fulfilled? Do I give or take in the relationships in my life?
- Get Back Up. If you live long enough, something will knock you down. Life is tough. The question is will you get back up? Will you overcome? When we do overcome relational pain, health issues, money challenges, and so on we experience fulfillment. And speaking of meaningful relationships…when another person comes alongside us during difficult seasons in life, the fulfillment is magnified. Allow others to help you get back up.
- Generosity. Everyone…EVERYONE can give something of themselves to another. Time, knowledge, money, things, talents…something. When we give generously and cheerfully, we experience the joy of seeing another person succeed.
- Communion with God. Really only this one thing fulfills completely. Creator God, the One who knows us better than we know ourselves, understands what will make us content, happy and fulfilled. It makes sense that communion, spending time with Him will give us the greatest satisfaction. For me that looks like taking everything to Him in prayer or conversation, listening to His voice through His Holy Spirit and His word, the Bible, and through times of intimate worship much like a child would express his adoration of a loving parent. He fulfills me completely, always.
These thoughts are on my mind as I am in the process of rebranding my blog. I enjoy passionately writing about topics that bring fulfillment in my life, such as, Adoption and Foster Care and Missions.
I know that you too have things you are passionate about, but you don’t always know how to identify them or fulfill them.
This is the direction that I am taking this blog. I will continue to blog about many of the same topics as many share these passions, but I will also address topics that will help you embrace your passion.
I will begin to roll out some ideas to you soon to get your feedback. Until then, pursue what God has planted in you! It is meant to impact, influence and bless someone.