“If you are ever stranded on a deserted island in the middle of the ocean, don’t drink the water Uncle Mikey. It will only make you more thirsty.”
This was something my niece told me over the Thanksgiving holidays. She was teaching me something about the illusion of saltwater. When you’re thirsty you might be tempted to quench your thirst anyway you can, even with saltwater. However most of us know that while it might be momentarily satisfying, it actually leaves us worse off than we were before. It leaves us more thirsty.
Sometimes I drink the saltwater in our quaint, little town of Franklin, TN. There is saltwater all around this place. Not in a literal sense but figuratively. Now, let me be clear. I love it here. It’s a beautiful, old historic town with lots of charm. However it seems people in this town (including me) chase the grand illusion of ‘more’. More square footage in our houses. More bells and whistles on our cars. More clothes to wear.
More. More. More.
It’s a way of life here. There is an entire industry built around having more. However I'm learning that like saltwater, having ‘more stuff’ never really satisfies us. It only makes us want, well, more.
Don’t hear me say that having new things is bad or wrong. I certainly don’t believe that. I am just stating that believing (consciously or unconsciously) more stuff will make us happy, is a lie. A trick. A hoax. It only leaves us more thirsty for real happiness. Some of us spend our entire life this way. We try to quench our thirst with things that simply do not possess the ability to do so.
I believe the old adage is true.
“The things that we treasure most in this life can’t be bought.”
So, here's my challenge to myself. Over the holidays, I want to drink in my family. Drink in my friends. Drink in the memories I've made and am making. Drink in the fullness of Jesus and the life He brings to my little desert island.
If there’s anything I need more of, it’s Him. Join me and drink up.
John 7:37 "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink."