Devotional: No Discount Code Needed
The season of gift giving is here, which means we’re all bombarded with sales, commercials, ads, and the push to buy more. And while that’s great and it’s definitely fun to give gifts to people we love or score a good bargain, I can’t help but think about how all that stuff only offers a temporary sense of joy. I mean, can you remember what you got for Christmas last year? Or the year before that? I honestly couldn’t tell you. And I’d be willing to guess most of you reading this would probably say the same thing. Why is that? I think it’s boils down to one reason: the joy of things quickly fizzles out. It feels good when we get it, but somehow that feeling doesn’t last. That thing or goal or big accomplishment we wanted so badly never seems quite as great after we get it. And before we know it, we’re looking for the next thing to bring back that feeling of joy.
I don’t think it’s an accident that we as human beings behave this way. In fact, I think we are hard-wired with a restless yearning for contentment. And there’s a very intentional reason behind this desire for more: our soul craves fulfillment.
Fulfillment is defined as a feeling of happiness and satisfaction. And while the world can offer a lot of stuff that will bring happiness and satisfaction in the short-term, none of that seems to quiet the deep yearning we all feel for something more. Something bigger.
The only thing that can calm our soul’s restless spirit is a life changing relationship with the living God–the one who placed the stars in the sky and specifically created YOU. Your creator knows your name and He loves you beyond words. When we allow ourselves to receive God’s love, forgiveness, and guidance in our life, our soul can take a deep sigh of relief. We don’t have to keep looking anymore.
The most valuable lesson I’ve learned in my struggles this year is that nothing in this world brings me joy or peace or security like Jesus does. Nothing makes me feel as good as He does. Nothing brings light to the darkness like He does. And for the first time in my life, my soul craves time in prayer. I’m hungry to read the comforting, beautiful words of the Bible simply because that’s what makes me feel the best, emotionally and spiritually. Does it make all my problems go away? No. But it gives me inner strength. It fills me with purpose. It makes me a better mom, wife, business owner. The ripple effects are endless. No amount of stuff or accomplishments or worldly success could ever compare to that feeling only God offers.
And the best part? It’s completely free. No discount code needed. No shipping costs. No tax. No monthly fee to maintain a subscription to God. It costs you nothing. Zilch. Nada. Instead, the only requirement is a surrendered, humble heart and acknowledgment that Jesus gave it all on the cross for your sins and mine.
It is truly a privilege and gift to walk daily with Jesus Christ. It’s life changing in the best way possible. I can’t imagine where I would be without Him. And that’s a gift worth celebrating this Christmas!
Jesus replied, “if you only knew the gift God has for you and who I am, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.”