I will never forget this moment. I had been preparing for it my entire life. Since my early teenage years, I had only ever wanted to be a professional musician. I practiced my electric and upright basses for hours and hours every day for many years, to the point where my sleep would suffer and my fingers would bleed. This night was it…it was going to be the climax of my career. We scheduled an impromptu gig with many of the musicians from one of the nation’s most renowned jazz orchestras. We invited everyone we knew, and the little downtown bar/restaurant was packed out. We spent the entire night playing classic funk, rock and jazz tunes. People were dancing everywhere. The music was tight. People had a blast! Time flew as I played with my musical heroes. But it was over way too quickly.
I will never forget sitting on my amplifier at 2:30 in the morning, exhausted. I had just played the gig of my life. But as I sat on that amp, something happened. I realized that even though I had taken a quantum leap forward, I was still just me. What happened next almost left me speechless. It dawned on me that fulfilling my life’s dream wasn’t actually satisfying. Even though I had reached the mountain top, I had to play another gig the next night. And the next. And the next.
Many of you know exactly how I was feeling that night. You want to feel satisfied, so you are constantly striving to achieve the next thing. With each new success comes an awareness that it is ultimately unfulfilling, so we run on to the next thing, trying to find wholeness. Here’s the thing: we’ve got it all wrong. Wholeness comes from a relationship with Jesus. Jesus said that those who believe in him will never hunger or thirst. He’s saying that only He truly satisfies. I have found personally that Jesus is telling the truth. When we look to Him for health and strength and wholeness, He alone satisfies our needs. And the satisfaction that comes through Him will make every role of our lives infinitely more beautiful and more meaningful. So dear friend, turn first to Him, instead of all that other stuff we get fooled into thinking will satisfy us. Let Jesus fulfill your deepest longings.