Have you ever come to the end of the day and felt discouraged because it seemed like the day had little meaning? Or how about the end of the week? Month? Year? Perhaps you feel this way often about the whole of life? I am sure that you have felt this way at times, because there is a natural inclination within the heart of man towards a desire for a meaningful life. We want our lives to matter.
Sometimes I find that this feeling of unfulfillment in life comes most sharply to me at times when I am the most productive. When I have a lot of work to do and I find that I am busy working on it from early to late in the day, perhaps for a number of days in a row, and I am getting a lot done, but at the end of it all, I sometimes have this empty feeling that questions me. I cannot escape from the inevitable query: What have you really accomplished here? Have you really done anything that matters?
The words of Jesus came strongly to me this morning and taught/reminded me of a simple, basic answer to this dilemma:
“Whoever should drink of the water which I will give him will never thirst” (John 4:14).
One thing I realized is that these words are true in every way. One aspect of this truth really hit home to me this morning. That is, if I live this very day in fellowship with and service to Christ, I will not end the day thirsting for saitsfaction that is not mine. Receiving the living water of Christ day by day will keep me from the sense of unfulfilled activity that plagues me at times. I want to look back at the end of today and know that the day was worth living because I lived it with, in, and for Jesus Christ. So simple, and yet so uplifting to my spirit to consider.
So, then, today, let me take the time to lead my family in the Lord. Let me take the time to teach them and guide them and help them know Him. Let me find time each day to do things for others that show the love of Christ within me. Let me reach out to someone who just might need it more than I realize (or perhaps who I absolutely know needs it). Whatever form of service presents itself to me this day, let me take hold of it as from the Lord. Serving Him this day and walking in His Spirit will bring that fulfilled life that we all desire. Today is the chance to begin. We could lie down tonight very satisfied in the Lord, very satisfied with life.
And then, tomorrow, we will have another chance to be satisfied once more with the wonderful, rich, meaningful life that God gives us in His Son. His mercies are new every morning.