By: Kathy Broska
I was loading my grocieres in the car last week, and then it happened: A gust of wind grabbed the receipt that was resting on the top of my bag and lofted it into the air. Now, as a girl who started her own “Pollution Solutions” club in grade school, I make a point to pick up my litter. So I began pursuit of the airborne receipt, hoping that any onlookers would be supportive rather than amused. And desperately hoping I would not see myself on YouTube a few hours later as the crazy lady chasing a piece of paper across the parking lot.
Thankfully, I only had to run a few yards before I was able to step on the receipt and catch it. And even more thankfully, the Lord used that moment to remind me of one of my favorite scriptures — Ecclesiasties 4:6… a scripture that has become foundational for all kinds of decisions in my life: Better one handful with tranquility than two and chasing after the wind.
When it comes to how we do life these days, I think– as a gneral rule– we have become a culture of wind chasers. Professionally. Parentally. Socially. You name it. Instead of being content with one handful, we look for more. Different. Better. We say “yes” to too many things. We put our faith in the wrong things. And we pursue perfection at the expense of our whole person.
As my pastor often says, “there is no ‘there’ there.” In other words, we chase all kinds of achievements and experiences and ideals thinking that once we get “there”, life will be better and we will be happier. But we soon find out that the happiness of “there’ is only temporary, and we start pursuing some other achievement or experiences or ideal in pursuit of more temporary happiness. Then we wonder why we’re stressed out, burned out and still unsatisfied–as we walk around with two handfuls, often giving up the things that truly matter for the things that don’t.
Friends, what wind are you chasing.. and when all is said and done, will it really satisfy the deepest longings of your soul? What is wrong with having only one handful?
In pursuit of the narrow path, cultivating contentment is an absolute necessity. I believe it’s only a huge step in saying “no” to stress and striving, and “yes” to God’s best for our lives– only He can truly satisfy the hole in our souls.
Oh, what true happiness would be possible if we just stopping chasing the wind and learned to enjoy the breeze! Why not start today– your big life is waiting!