American author Iving Kristol said, “Being frustrated is disagreeable, but the real disasters of life begin when you get what you want.”
This is because what we want — or what we think we want — is so often not what we really need in order to live a fulfilled, meaningful life.
There comes a time when we realize that the trinket we worked so hard to acquire, or even the goal we sacrificed so much to reach, doesn’t bring the satisfaction we expected it could. We then find ourselves asking, as so many have, “Is that all there is? Is this as good as it gets?”
Goals will always have their place in our lives, and accumulating possessions will always be part of the human experience. But we serve ourselves best the sooner we understand that these will never be enough. We serve ourselves best when we learn to say, as Augustine said, “Our hearts are restless, until they rest in thee.”
Where are you seeking your rest today? In a paycheck? In a relationship? In a possession? In a measure of success?
These things may not be the enemy — they’re not bad in and of themselves — but it’s important that we understand that they’re not the finish line, either.
If your heart is restless today, take a moment to re-evaluate what you really want. Strive to say, as David said…
My soul finds rest in God alone. (Psalm 62:1)