Why is there sometimes a disconnect between our situation and our happiness? We’ve got “the job,” the kids are getting straight A’s, we had a great family vacation. But we’re still not happy. So its onto the sports car, 401K and beach house. If we achieve it, why do we still feel blasé?
True happiness is not achieved by meeting a life benchmark. Because God has connected our happiness to Himself.
The grace of God’s love is the spring-head from which all other graces flow:
- joy at work,
- in parenting,
- relationships and anything else that’s important to us.
It’s only when we do these things in the context of Him that we will feel fulfilled.
If you’ve never given your life to Christ, if you haven’t taken Him up on his offer to reconnect you to God, you’ll just keep chasing what’s next. Because we’re designed to be connected to God.
If you are Christian, you can get stuck chasing what’s next, too. And it’s because you’ve made your benchmarks the same as everyone else’s: perfect parenting, big promotion, fat 401K, and lake house with a boat out back.
Or instead, your benchmarks are based on being good. But in benchmark obedience, we obey, but our reaction time is sluggish, its not as complete as it used to be, and our attitude is a little off.
For the Christian, in both cases, we’ve reverted back to benchmarks to gain acceptance, rather than knowing we’ve already been accepted.
And when that spring of grace seems to dry up, it sends sickly and sluggish waters through the spiritual system, clogging your spiritual life.
Sure, you’re connected to God by Jesus, but its rabbit ears instead of FIOS. You feel something is missing.
Only in remembering the grace by which Christ saves us can the channels of grace to your heart be unclogged.
Connection reestablished… via the gospel.
2 thoughts on “Benchmark Disconnect”
Great blog and a reminder of our ultimate joy and fulfillment are in Christ. I also love Piper’s quote regarding Christian Hedonism where he says, ‘God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him’. Think about that for a moment, awesome!
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