Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Are you living like a guinea pig on a wheel?
Let me give you an example.
Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst, offers this simple description for addiction: "When we separate desire from its end, the action gets caught up in its own loop and insists on repeating itself."
All of us need purpose for living, and we'll chase all kinds of desires to try to find something that fills the emptiness in our purposeless lives. The problem is, when those desires don't fulfill, we attempt to separate those desires from the disappointing end result but keep on chasing the same empty desires, creating a loop of pursuing the desires and failing to find purpose, wholeness, and a fulfilling life.
There's only one way to break this cycle, and that is to come to terms with the truth that Christ alone can bring purpose and fulfillment to our lives. We'll continue loops of meaningless striving, like a guinea pig running on a wheel, until we come to the place where we understand that Christ Himself is enough. He is sufficient for all we need because He is our purpose!
"And in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority," Colossians 2:10 (NASB).
"... Everything was created through him and for him," Colossians 1:16b.
We have a single purpose for existing, which is to worship, glorify, and enjoy God, and there's only one way to restore that purpose to our lives ...
"Jesus told him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me'," John 14:6.
Have you discovered your purpose in Christ? Or are you still in a vain loop of chasing other desires?