I just read a very thoughtful blog post from one of my friends about priorities and satisfaction in life. As they said, people often tell us that high school will be the best four years of our lives. Others say that college will be the best four years of our lives. Looking back, some say that the best time in their life was actually the low-stress days of elementary school. In all of this, I am constantly bombarded with the notion that my best life is supposed to be right now. Just try harder they say; or try less hard; do these five steps; go on this diet; manage your time in this way; and on and on it goes. All ways for me to make my life just that much more satisfying.
And I don’t like any of it. Don’t get me wrong, I do want my life to be more happy, satisfying, and fulfilling. It’s just that I don’t always find it to be so. There are a thousand things that I am dissatisfied with in myself that I nevertheless struggle to find strength to change. I not infrequently feel frustrated or discouraged. And I know, I know, I should count my blessings. I really should, and I try to, and I try to be thankful to God for all that he has blessed me with (which is vastly more than I deserve). The problem in all of this is that I never am quite thankful enough, I never try quite hard enough, I am never quite good enough of a friend, I am never quite happy enough, I am never quite satisfied. In the words of Bilbo, I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. And I suspect that on this side of Christ’s second coming it will always be like that.
All that to say, I want my best life to be later. It should start now, and indeed it has. But I really hope that some day Christ will make things new. He will give to the thirsty from the spring of the water of life without payment. So the Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. (Rev 22:17)
Amen. Come Lord Jesus.