Man, I don't know about you, but I've been feeling a little tired lately... not necessarily physically tired, or sleepy, but tired of STUFF.
In our society, we spend our days organizing stuff, writing stuff down in our calendars, going back and forth between doing stuff at different locations, collecting stuff, buying stuff, losing stuff, looking for stuff we lost. We take thousands of little sheets of paper and stuff them into folders and boxes to save for our records. We have to remember to be somewhere to do more stuff. Then we have to go home and do more stuff, even on the weekends.
Don't get me wrong; I like stuff just fine. Stuff is just dandy. In fact, there is stuff that I really like and really enjoy. Going for a long bike ride with my wife Alyssa on Saturday, for example. Composing music. Going out to breakfast on Fridays. Reading books. Cooking. There's lots of stuff I like.
But sometimes the stuff we sign ourselves up for ends up being SO exhausting. For example, there are days when I have stuff going on from 10 AM to 9 PM, without more than an hour's break. This can burn me out!!! What is a guy to do?
I guess the challenge is that we like doing stuff a lot. We like doing so many things that dropping something out of our lives seems like the biggest sacrifice imaginable. If you're in an entrepreneurial business like music, you're also faced with the fact that you could spend literally all of your time pursuing your career in order to make a living. This puts pressure and stress on us.
I just find myself saying, "WHY!!! Why do we do this to ourselves?"
In times like this, I believe that turning to the Bible, God's Word, will satisfy our deepest longings for answers. In Ecclesiastes 2:17-23, Solomon wrestles with this very struggle:
So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. For people may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to others who have not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.
Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived, according to the book of 1 Kings. His wisdom here shows us that working our tails off is utterly meaningless in and of itself, and does not truly satisfy us. I know this to be the case because in my personal experience, whenever I get hungry to achieve, accomplish, and work my butt off to be the best I can be, I start feeling like its never enough. No matter what opportunities I get, its just never satisfying.
The answer is to put our hope in the love of Jesus Christ, who sacrificed his own self for our future life in eternity. Those who trust in Him will be given eternal life abundantly. In John 14:6 Jesus was documented as saying, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know the Father as well." Later on, Jesus prays to God the Father, saying "Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them."
That's right, God's love is poured over us through Jesus Christ, who's perfect life was the atonement for our imperfections and fallen nature so that we can be right with God. Christ gives us everything we need, so why do we go around trying to work our way into happiness?
Praise be to Him and may He be glorified above all else!
is a saxophonist/composer residing in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.