“it” is not in missouri

i’m still chewing on 1 timothy 6:6-8 and how it applies to my life:

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

here’s the deal: this world will never scratch my deepest itch.  deep inside, i still  think it can, so i keep looking for that elusive “it” (you know, “ahhh, this is it!”).  but “it” is not here.  in fact, it is not available in this realm.  my heart yearns for eternity–to be in the presence of jesus–and nothing else will satisfy.  my best life is later.

but i continue to search.  i am so warped.

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on wednesday, we went to silver dollar city.  my first time there.  it was a mass of humanity, even in the middle of the week.  as i walked around that park, i was struck by one inescapable conclusion: we are one ugly species.  perhaps my perspective was colored by the fact that i was, after all, in the ozarks (although i did observe a proliferation of university of oklahoma gear).  the majority of the people i saw were obese (and not just a small majority, either).  i’m talking about waddlers…people too fat to walk without a cane.  lots of ’em rented the little electric carts.  i even saw people with holes in their mouths where teeth used to be.  i kid you not.

none of these observations struck me as terribly ironic until i came back to the condo and saw a television commercial for silver dollar city.  those people were pretty.

it’s the same deal with casinos.  i saw an ad on television for a casino near the missouri border and it was so phony!  friends laughing around the gaming tables, an attractive couple celebrating a jackpot at the slots, newlyweds nuzzling in the lounge…what a fabrication!  have you ever been to a casino?  what you will encounter is a sad group of sad people.  sad, old people hunkered in front of slot machines for hours on end.  smoking.  hoping.

i don’t want to wake up one day having wasted my life searching for “it” (peace, fulfillment, happiness, success, affirmation, etc) and realize that silver dollar city was the pinnacle…the best this life has to offer.  can you imagine anything so sad!  thank god i have the gift of contentment here on this earth, along with the promise of incomprehensible bliss in the life to come. 

that’s what i mean by “your best life later.”

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