How to quench a thirsty life

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Have you ever been thirsty?

I mean so thirsty that you can only think about how you’re going to quench your thirst?

Everything else just kind of doesn’t matter at that point, right?

Your mouth is so dry that you can’t feel your tongue.

Your lips start to burn and crack.

And, you’re desperate to drink something that will make your thirst go away.

Have you ever been that thirsty?

The truth is we’re all thirsty…

Thirsty for meaning.

Thirsty for hope.

Thirsty for peace.

Thirsty for comfort.

Thirsty for love and relationships.

Deep down, we’ve all got the same thirsts…we just choose to quench them in different ways.

We quench our thirst for meaning in a career.

We quench our thirst for hope in a government.

We quench our thirst for peace in a bottle.

We quench our thirst for comfort in a vacation.

We quench our thirst for love and relationships in a screen.

We desperately seek after all these things hoping that in some way they will quench our thirst.

But, the more we drink, the thirstier we get.

It’s a vicious cycle really.

And, it’s why so many of us live unsatisfied, thirsty lives.

If you really want to quench your thirst for meaning and hope and peace and comfort and love and relationships, stop drinking from the same old wells.

Thirst for God instead.

 

O God, you are my God;
    I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
    my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
    where there is no water.  (Psalm 63:1)

 

Live like you don’t belong

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Belonging.

We all want to feel like we belong.

So, we work hard at fitting in…

Or, blending in with the crowd.

But, the problem is we really don’t belong.

We were created for more belonging than this sin-infested world can give us.

The belonging we look for here is so temporary.

Friends come and go.

Jobs change.

Families move.

Graduation happens.

People die.

One of the biggest challenges you’ll face today is to look for the right kind of belonging…

The kind of belonging that ultimately lasts forever.

If you want to find that kind of belonging, you need to live every day like you don’t belong.

Sounds crazy, right?

But, if you do that, chances are good that you’ll find other people just like you who are doing the same thing.

And, that’s where you’ll find the kind of belonging you’re looking for.

 

“My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. 10 All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory.  

14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do.

20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.”

Jesus in John 17