the act of satisfying; fulfillment; gratification

With the new year, there comes much uncertainty. It’s a new beginning with many changes happening. They happen not just in our individual lives, but in our society and in our country. We tend to be hesitant with areas of life and are afraid of all the modifications that present themselves. One thing I’ve noticed, especially in my life and recently in society, is that if something doesn’t go our way we get angry, frustrated, temperamental, upset, etc. We change our entire persona if things aren’t going our way. Personally, I’ve acted out and thrown a fit if my way is not coming to fruition. Having contemplated this idea for some time now, I’ve come to this realization: we are trying to satisfy our own selfish desires.This realization can be applied to much of our life: personal, professional, social, and spiritual. Now, here is a verse that I find frightening:

So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. 
Mark 15:15

The actions that Pilate performed to not only satisfy the crowd, but to satisfy his life is just remarkable. I say remarkable because I have to ask myself, “How far am I willing to go to satisfy my desires in life?” Will I turn on my neighbor over something so little? Will I degrade someone over a stance they have in life? Will I ruin my relationship with others just to take part in this one thing? And will my life show something other than Christ because I want satisfaction in something else?

It is time for me to stop looking at the world for fulfillment. I need to come to the fountain of God and that is where I will find true satisfaction.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 
Matthew 5:6

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