I was always looking for the next acquisition to fulfill the emptiness in my life but with each new acquisition the emptiness remained.
Have you ever experienced an empty feeling in your life? Have you ever felt like something is missing in your life? Do you wonder what your purpose in life is? Do you wonder why you are here on earth? If those are questions you seek answers for, they will not be found until you do a little introspection. I’ve searched all my life for the right combination of accomplishments and acquisitions which would permanently fill the emptiness in my life. I found that everything I achieved and obtained filled me with temporary happiness. I realized something was missing in my life. My question was, “what is the one thing I can do that will fill the emptiness in my life and give me fulfillment in my life”? The answer to that question came to me, it was one I often pondered but never committed to. I had the opportunity to obtain many things in life and also the opportunity to perform many roles in life, but I felt empty. I had to fill the void or be in conflict with myself the rest of my life. I am not a millionaire, I am not famous, I am not highly educated, nor have I conducted my life in any outrageous manner. Yet, my journey in life has provided me with some great opportunities. My experience with life affords me the opportunity to share what I’ve come to embrace.
My outer self was always challenging my inner self. My outer self told me to acquire every material thing I could afford and to seek the attention of others, while my inner self told me I was empty. I needed to reconcile what was on the outside with what was missing on the inside. I needed balance and harmony with my whole self in order to find true happiness. When I discovered the cure which filled the emptiness within me, I was able to find balance and fulfillment in my life.
There are many material opportunities that temporarily lift us up and give us moments of elation. We can have a nice house, great friends, a nice car, the best job, we can have everything material a person can desire and there would still be a void to be filled in our life. I can assure you none of those things filled the emptiness within me. A void existed in my life because I could not be fulfilled with material things on the outside. One can look at food, but they will not get full. One can have millions, but it cannot buy happiness. One can look perfectly normal and full of life on the outside, but be hollow on the inside. Material things always provide temporary peaks in life. Continuing to seek those peaks to find the true meaning and purpose of life will not give anyone the fulfillment they are looking for.
After listening to many testimonials, reading many books, yearning for my Christian upbringing as a child, and reviewing historical events in the bible, I knew the answer to my empty feeling was right in front of me. True inner peace and fulfillment came to me the moment I accepted the fact that God is the greatest power in charge of my life and Jesus Christ died for me so I could be forgiven and have eternal life. The empty feeling I had was due to ignoring my connection with my Spiritual Father who is the source which nourishes my body, soul, and spirit. Love for God is the cornerstone from which the emptiness in my life became filled. Putting the glory of God first in all I do fills my life with meaning and purpose. Learning and putting into action the word of God built an everlasting purpose and enthusiasm for my life. The empty feeling I had inside could not be overcome until I fed myself the word of God. Jesus died for my sins, I realized I didn’t have to carry my burdens. That didn’t mean I put my faith on the back burner and willfully continued to conduct my life in destructive ways. It means I have a responsibility to God, I have a responsibility to seek forgiveness and become a person that is filled with the spirit of God. When I became filled with the spirit of God, I lived according to Gods word. There is no greater feeling than to have a personal connection with God and to know life is eternal. The word of God was within me and the emptiness I felt was gone. When I sought and accepted the word of God, I knew my purpose in life, and I knew why I was here on earth. Gods love. presence. and abundance in my life filled the emptiness that material possessions could never fill. When I turned my attention to God I began to feel the love and guidance of a greater power. I was able to reconcile my outside self with my inside self.
Many people turn to God only in their darkest moments of despair. During times of great despair, God always lifts us up and guides us forward with a determination that sustains our life. If we turn to God in our darkest moments and God carries us through our despair, imagine our fulfillment if we put God first in our daily life all the time.
I faced many choices in my life. One of the biggest choices I faced was the choice of continuing a false sense of fulfillment through the accumulation of material possessions and egotistical elation or the choice of a true sense of fulfillment and happiness by accepting God and living according to the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. The choice of material possessions or spiritual enlightenment determines a persons true success in life. My love for God and the scriptures of the Holy Bible filled the emptiness in my body, soul, and spirit and I became the fulfilled person I needed to be.
If you are empty and feel disillusioned about life, don’t be afraid to follow your spiritual path. There is no need to be reluctant about being in tune with your spiritual self because the elation you obtain will be everlasting regardless of the way others conduct their lives. Don’t be embarrassed to proclaim your faith in God. Resist the temptation to lay back and coast just because so many around you scoff and claim they don’t have time for God or don’t need God in their lives. Beware of peer pressure where people suggest devious ideas or provide opportunities that lead to bad decisions or instant gratification. Resist the temptation to be led into something you know is wrong. Power through all the daily bombardment of sensationalism in the media and television. Be your own person, make your own decisions and know that God is with you every step of the way. Do not pay any attention to people who ridicule, for it is the lowest element of disrespect. Pray for those people, treat them with kindness, and offer help and encouragement.
You are the only person that has the power to accept God into your life. Your personal relationship with God is between you and God. I know the conflict between the outside self and the inside self will not be reconciled until the spirit of God is accepted within. Do not waste another minute, the empty feeling within is waiting to be filled with Gods love. There is no embarrassment when one accepts in their heart what they know is right. If you are living according to Gods will, your actions and words will be your light. Your example has the potential to affect many people, so let your godliness be the beacon that attracts others to accept the word of God. Many people have an emptiness in their life, we have a responsibility to provide encouragement to fill that emptiness.
God bless you, I wish you the best