I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my labor,
and this was the reward for all my toil.
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
nothing was gained under the sun.
Waking up can feel like dying. So we continue to turn to distractions, coping mechanisms, and numbing habits in order to hold the awakening at bay. We set our eyes on alternative promises and pleasures, watch as they wave before us. We hypnotize ourselves: “You’re getting very sleepy.”
But the time has come to wake up. The quiet voice of the Holy Spirit cuts through the static and noise. That dissatisfaction that haunts you is more than a crisis. It’s an invitation. Discontent can be a holy thing. It’s the nagging realization that consumerism has failed you. There must be another way.
It’s time to stop chasing the wind. It’s time to stop saying yes to everything and give your yes to one thing. It’s an all-encompassing, life-defining yes. It’s a yes that unleashes a thousand smaller nos.
Jesus’ call to self-denial isn’t actually about the self at all. It’s about him, and the confession that he is your everything. He is your yes, and everything else falls under his rule and reign.
Holy Spirit, teach me to hear your quiet voice cutting through the distractions. Teach me to give one life-defining yes.
What distractions threaten to lull you asleep? In what area of your life are you holding back your yes?
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