Made for More
Do you ever wonder if this is all there is?
I wonder all the time.
One of my favorite novel series is the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I can’t help but wonder at times what it would be like to be in Narnia. The sights, the smells, the colors. I imagine it would be a little like Eden. Freshly created, crisp, and new. Untouched by sin. A place where you smell colors and tastes sights—where your senses are so alive they get a little mixed up.
Does it sometimes feel as though you’re living on the outside of a looking glass? Like there is something you’re supposed to be seeing in color and it’s merely black and white? Like there should be more.
What if I told you there was more?
That you were made for more?
You were made for Eden. For the Garden. For Paradise with the Creator. For eternity. You were made to dwell constantly in His presence and enjoy the fruit from the fields.
The thing is, you know it too. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God has set eternity in the human heart. He put it there—this understanding and longing for the way it was in the beginning.
But sin entered and here we are. We wrestle and struggle because of it.
It is estimated that 90% of Americans have at least one form of “soft addiction” in their lives. An addiction is something that calls your name. Something you run to in times of stress to escape or take the edge off. T.V., sex, alcohol, perfectionism, exercise, a crazy busy schedule, coffee, the internet, food. I once heard a speaker define "addiction" as the 20th century word for idolatry. It makes sense, I think.
These "addictions" are things we run to instead of running to God.
Life is hard, so we numb. We numb because we can’t cope with what we’re feeling. The struggle hurts and we can’t handle the pain. The problem is, as Brene Brown points out in her book, Daring Greatly, we can’t selectively numb emotion. "Numb the dark and you numb the light," Brown says.
When we don’t feel the pain, we can’t feel the joy either. We start sleepwalking. We become enslaved by the things we’ve used to numb our pain. They turn on us. What we thought would help us cope with life only makes the colors fade and suddenly Eden, a once vibrant, full-of-life place, is dark and dreary, leaving us wondering if this is all there is.
When the enemy entered the Garden, he hoped the beauty would fade. The colors would dim. The vibrancy would dull. He made sure of it.
But God had a different plan.
You see, Jesus said,
The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. (John 10:10)
Jesus wants freedom for you. Freedom from the things that hold you captive—the very things that once held empty promises—the kind of freedom that allows you to have life and have it to the full.
Jesus wants you awake and alive, not sleepwalking. Not barely making it.
Because He loves you and you were made for more.
Today, let’s take another step down the road to a full, free life.
It will be worth it. Hard, but worth it.
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