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Finding Contentment on Earth

20 Apr

eiffel-tower-953590_960_720My husband and I went to Paris for our twentieth anniversary. There’s something magical about that city—for me, anyway. We wandered along the streets for a week, and always, in the back of my mind, rang the mantra: I could live here. I could live here forever and be happy.

On the heels of that giant lie came a whispered truth—that contentment cannot be found in Paris. If I were to move to Paris, soon, too soon, I would long for tall trees where I often feel so close to God. And if I were live in the cathedral of the redwoods, I would dream about snowy mountain cottages. And if I were to relocate to a ski town in Colorado, I would ache for sunshine and palm trees. But if I were to someday, somehow, find a secluded seaside home, I’d probably secretly yearn to live in Paris.

courchevel-726325_960_720The truth is, I will never find true contentment on earth. Yet I seek it, I search for it as if it’s right around the next corner. In a meal with friends or a divine piece of Godiva chocolate. Some seek it in a pill or a bottle. Some seek it in fitness and vanity, others in success in the workplace, or in squirreling away enough money so that when they find that elusive thing, they’ll be able to buy it and bring it home and have it forever. As if contentment can be found in a Ferrari or a flat screen TV.

C.S. Lewis said in Mere Christianity, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

The longer I live, the longer I seek pure contentment, the more convinced I am that C.S. Lewis was on to something. I was not made for this world. Neither were you. We were made for eternity, so there will always be, pumping beneath the surface of our skin and our wants, a deeper desire we can never satisfy—to be united with the One who created us, to be surrounded by the beauty that goes beyond cities and mountains and trees and beaches, that goes beyond vanity and money and Masaratis.

Tweet this: “I was not made for this world. Neither were you. We were made for eternity.”

There is, within each of us, an emptiness that can only be filled with the Creator who put it there. And it will not be filled, not completely, not permanently, until we meet Him face to face. Beyond the places and the things and the desires of the earth lie the One we truly want, and only in Him, in Heaven, we will be forever content.

 

DSC_8915-25edRobin Patchen lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband and three teenagers. Her third book, Finding Amanda, released in April, and its FREE prequel, Chasing Amanda, released in July. When Robin isn’t writing or caring for her family, she works as a freelance editor at Robin’s Red Pen, where she specializes in Christian fiction. Read excerpts and find out more at her website, robinpatchen.com.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2016 in Living for God, Robin Patchen

 

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9 responses to “Finding Contentment on Earth

  1. Pegg Thomas

    April 20, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Nicely put. 🙂

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  2. jerichakingston

    April 20, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Ohhh! THAT’S why I’m always so restless! “I was made for another world…” Thank God for that.

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  3. Candice Sue Patterson

    April 20, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Good stuff, Robin. Well said. 😃

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  4. Michael Duncan

    April 20, 2016 at 8:58 am

    “This world is not my home, I’m just a-passin’ through. My treasure is laid up somewhere beyond the blue. Angels beckon me from heaven’s open door. I can’t be at home in this world anymore.”

    A marvelous insight, Robin. Thank you!

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    • Robin Patchen

      April 20, 2016 at 9:04 am

      Beautiful words, Michael. Thanks for adding to the conversation.

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  5. Linda Goodnight

    April 20, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Robin, what a beautiful, wonderful post. C.S. Lewis was such a deep spiritual thinker. So are you. Thank you for a timely reminder.

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  6. Robin Patchen

    April 20, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Aw, what a sweet thing to say. I’m not sure it’s true, but it made my day. Thank you, Linda!

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  7. Terri Weldon

    April 20, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Robin, such a beautiful post. And so truthful. I’ve been guilty of wanting to change “things” to make my life better. It doesn’t work. And with major life crisis arise you realize how little they matter.

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