Do you ever feel like your missing IT? The new job is cool, but it hasn’t been “IT”. Your marriage is pretty good, but something is missing? The vacation was really fun, but it wasn’t “IT”. The car is really pretty when it’s clean, but if you’re honest IT wasn’t…IT.
I really like John Mayer. One of my favorite John Mayer songs is “Something’s missing”. I think this song captures what so many of us feel about missing IT.
I’m dizzy from the shopping mall, I searched for joy, but I bought it all. It doesn’t help the hunger pains. And a thirst I’d have to drown first to ever satiate
Something’s missing, and I don’t know how to fix it. Something’s missing, and I don’t know what it is
No I don’t know what it is, at all
I can’t be sure that this state of mind, is not of my own design. I wish there was an over-the-counter test for loneliness. For loneliness like this
Something’s missing And I don’t know how to fix it. Something’s missing, and I don’t know what it is. No I don’t know what it is. Something’s different and I don’t know what it is. No I don’t know what it is.
Friends (Check), Money (Check). A well slept (Check), Opposite sex (Check), Guitar (Check), Microphone (Check), Messages waiting on me when I come home (Check).
How come everything I think I need, always comes with batteries? What do you think it means”
In some shape or form we all have felt what Mayer is singing. We feel this need for IT. If “IT’s” out there we want to find it. And by “IT”, I mean a purpose for life and fulfillment in it. The answer to that question would be great, but I think even more puzzling than asking that question, is the question, “why are we asking that question”? I think it’s something unique about us as humans.
For instance, I have a dog named Theo. Theo is a great mini-golden doodle. Everyday, Theo’s life is basically the same. He wakes up and he’s excited to complete his first agenda item. PEE. Then he can’t wait to EAT. Next on his purposeless dog life is to POOP. Theo does this day in and day out. In his two years of dog life, I do not believe Theo has ever wondered, “Is this IT? Is something missing? I don’t think he has ever wondered, “Am I living this dog life to the fullest?”
Why doesn’t Theo my dog, get caught up in this search for “IT” and you and I do? I think it as to do with why and how we were created.
Mark Lilla has written:
“To most humans, curiosity about higher things comes naturally, it’s indifference to them that must be learned.”
I agree with Mark. I also agree with the Bible when it says that, “God has put eternity in the hearts of men”. I believe that you and I are created different than our dogs. I believe you have been created in the image of God. I believe you were created to find IT! I believe IT is out there and until you find IT, you will feel like something’s missing.
Our curiosity about “higher things” does come to us naturally. Our curiosity is like a homing beacon of our souls. Our souls are created to find their rest and purpose within a relationship with God. Until we we discover that reality we will always have a sense that something is missing.
No matter how much we make, the size of our home or the make of our car, our souls will not be satisfied until it finds it’s purpose. Have you found “IT”? If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for don’t give up. There is an “IT” to life and you are created to enjoy it.
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