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Morning Reflection – The ‘Please Factor’

Written By: Eddie Snipes - Oct• 05•11

Proverbs 27:20

-Hell and Destruction are never full; So the eyes of man are never satisfied.

 

If you aren’t happy with what you have, you won’t be happy with more. How true are the words above? When being interviewed by a reporter, a journalist observed the massive wealth and John Rockefeller’s passion for making more. He then asked, “How much is enough?”

Rockefeller thought for a moment and then said, “Just a little bit more.”

This is the condition of the human heart and the cause of much discontentment. When it comes to possessions, a new prize only satisfies for a moment, then the happiness fades, and the desire for something more takes its place. The same holds true for relationships. In his book, Men are from mars, women are from Venus, John Grey makes an astute observation. When a man does something to please a woman, he gets one point. Doing the dishes is on point in the emotional bank, and buying her a new house gets one point in the bank. Regardless of the amount of effort we do for another person, the ‘pleasing factor’ counts for little and fades quickly.

While Grey’s book focuses on what we must do to please our spouse, there is a deeper issue at work here. Let’s not neglect the need to do good things to other people, but let’s also turn this around and look at it from the other perspective. I cannot be pleased for long if I’m dependent upon the ‘please factor’. I can’t please myself – and the evidence for that is my own life. The things I do for myself don’t keep me satisfied for long. Therefore, how can I burden others with the responsibility that even I cannot measure up to?

My satisfaction is a burden others cannot carry. I grow weary of trying to keep up a high enough score to please my spouse. She grows weary of the burden of my ‘please factor’ as well. It’s a burden she cannot carry. There is a saying, What have you done for me lately? The past matters little; we as people want to be constantly fed a diet of gratification.

In human nature, the eyes of mankind cannot be satisfied. This is true with emotions, money, relationships, and any other area of life. For this reason, I need to shift my focus from ‘what are others doing for me,’ to ‘what is the true meaning of life.’ The flesh cannot be satisfied, but there is true a source of satisfaction. Psalm 36:7-9

 7 How precious is Your loving kindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
 8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
 9 For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.

 

The Lord told Abraham, “I am your exceedingly great reward.” This is the only lasting satisfaction. When we seek to be satisfied by gratifying our human nature, it will always be short-lived. When we learn to trust under the shadow of the Lord’s wings, we’ll find true satisfaction. Only the Lord can carry the burden of our heart’s longing, and to discover this satisfaction, we step outside of human nature and into a spiritual fellowship with God.

Here is the only source of abundant satisfaction. Leave behind the human nature and learn how to trust under His wings. Then you will be satisfied!

Eddie Snipes
Author of Simple Faith and I Called Him Dancer

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