The {empty} Holidays

The Holidays.

They can be a season of joy, of crazy high expectations, of ungratefulness & of sorrow. It can be tricky to navigate, especially with all the brilliant marketing that promises to subdue your longing for more, whether you’re aware of that longing or not. Marketing is so intense & I’m convinced they know more of the condition of the human heart than the vast majority of us are.

We long to be fulfilled.

We are promised (whether we realize it or not) that a new flashy car will fulfill us. Or a shiny, gorgeous Tiffany necklace. Or those new boots you’ve been wanting for forever. Or that MK watch you’ve been dying to have. We believe these things will fulfill us and make us ultimately happy partly because we’ve experienced happiness that fades and dulls after a few days, few months, or if we’re lucky, a few years. That new promotion makes us feel good for a few months. That new outfit makes you feel like a million bucks for maybe a week. Then what? It stops delivering.

Whatever it was that made you feel awesome, complete, on top of the world stops making you feel that way.

So we look to what appears to make others happy and fulfilled. And we think to ourselves, “they look happy. I’ll try that.”

This is a never ending cycle. And it’s tiring and exhausting and makes you feel empty and hollow and hopeless.

Here’s the problem: we are trying to fill an eternal void with temporary things. It will never fulfill, no matter what it is.

“Jesus said, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'” John 4:13

You know that feeling that you’re on a carousel ride and life just never stops turning? You just need a break. You want to get off and collect yourself, but you can’t. Life never stops. It just keeps going round and round and your head is spinning?

Yeah, I feel that, too. But then I remember that it doesn’t have to be this way. We aren’t destined to be stuck on the never-ending carousel ride. We can find lasting fulfillment when we place our hope in Christ. He lived a perfect life for us, because he knew we couldn’t do it ourselves. Now that is love!

And this is what I hope for for all of you this season. That you can find rest & be able to fill that eternal void with something eternal (Jesus) & be able to enjoy the season. Not relying on material things to give you purpose or meaning or fulfill you, but that you can rely on Jesus. He loves you & desires for you to know Him & find rest & peace in Him. All who know him know the Father (God). And that is a good thing, my friends! It’s good to be known by God. God looks at us and sees the perfection of His son Jesus. He doesn’t see our faults and our sins and our mess ups. If we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and came to earth to die for our sins and give us eternal life through Him, then we are guaranteed to be fulfilled. We are fulfilled by Jesus. We will live forever with Him and we can enjoy the holiday season without having to rely on a car, jewelry, or a new wardrobe, to make us feel happy and complete and worthwhile.

May you all be able to enjoy the holidays without needing to be fulfilled by something temporary & finite this season. <3

xo, Emily


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