Blessed… Never Satisfied

“To what will I compare this generation? It is like a child sitting in the marketplaces calling out to others,  ‘We played the flute for you and you didn’t dance. We sang a funeral song and you didn’t mourn.’  For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’  Yet the Human One came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved to be right by her works” (Matthew 11:16-19, Common English Bible).

I heard this story not long ago and thought I would share it with you today.

A beggar was standing on a street huddled with a group of friends friends. “I really wish I had a hundred dollars. If I had a hundred dollars in my hand right now I would never complain again” A businessman walking down the street heard  beggar and stopped. “Excuse me,” the man said. “Did I just hear you right? I thought I heard you say if you had a hundred dollars, you would never complain again?” The beggar replied, “Yes Sir, that’s what I said mister.” With that, the man pulled out his wallet and handed the beggar a hundred dollars, and said, “I’m pleased I could have a part in your dream come true.” After the businessman walked away, the beggar turned to his friends and said, “I wish I had asked for two hundred!”

For so many of us, we never satisfied. We aren’t satisfied by what we have because the problem inside each of us.

As I read our lesson for today my mind went to an old joke that made its way around a lot of circles. Well, it made its way around preacher circles anyway. It said, in essence, a church was searching for a new pastor. They wanted a pastor who was 36 years old and who had 40 years of experience. He would only want $400 per week but would give $100 back to the church and both pastor and family were always well dressed in current styles. I don’t remember much of the rest, but you get the idea.

Our lesson today is a lot like that. John the Baptist came, Jesus said, neither eating or drinking and people said he was a demon. Jesus, on the other hand , came eating and drinking and the same people wanted to know why he ate with tax collectors and sinners. It seems many of us can never be satisfied.

Perhaps it is time, well, really past time, for us to take a few minutes to sit and think about what it is we really want. Like the beggar above, often we are never satisfied with what we want and/or have. We think we know what we want and crave. When we get it, we want something more.

At my church we are currently studying John Ortberg’s book Soul Keeping. I think Ortberg would say we aren’t satisfied because we fail to take care of our souls. In the book Ortberg argues that the soul is very needy and all too often we neglect it.

As I have contemplated Ortberg’s book, the thought has occurred to me that we neglect the soul because we can’t meet the needs. We look for all kinds of ways to fulfill the needs of the soul, but they all fall short and we hunt yet again. The bad news here is, we will never succeed in giving the soul what it wants.

What the soul wants is not ours to give. The good news is, the one who has it to give, has it in infinite supply. God can and will meet the needs of the soul. Further, only God can meet the need anyway.

What are you using to meet the needs of your soul? I hope you know you will never be satisfied until you let God meet your needs.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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