“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself
and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24 (NIV)
We live in a remarkable age where we are bombarded with ads about self fulfillment. Travel agencies tell us to fly now and pay later. People will say to us, “You owe it to yourself.” Or “You deserve a break today”. In western society we have the best of everything from doctors, dentists, medical insurance, homes, etc.
Yet, for all the blessings of living in western society we can observe some remarkably unusual trends. It seems that our riches in this part of the world do not satisfy our longings and needs. Apparently the USA with 5% of the world’s population consumes 80% of its cocaine.
What is wrong with this picture? Why are we not satisfied with what we have? How can those with the most creature comforts in the world still be seeking for more? When is enough, enough? Even the question indicates the insatiable appetite we have for more.
Is it that we really do not have enough in life or might it be we have not found the right thing yet? Maybe it is not greed for more things in life as much as the fact that what we have found so far in life does not bring the peace, contentment, and purpose we strive to obtain?