Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless. (Eccl. 2:11)
At age SIXTY-ONE, H. G. Wells said, “I have no peace. All life is at the end of the tether.” The poet Byron wrote, “My days are in yellow leaf, the flowers and fruits of life are gone, the worm and the canker, and the grief are mine alone.” Ralph Barton, one of the top cartoonists of the early twentieth century, left this note pinned to his pillow before taking his own life: “I have had few difficulties, many friends, great successes; I have gone from wife to wife, from house to house, visited great countries of the world, but I am fed up with inventing devices to fill up twenty-four hours of the day.”
Each day, we see similar stories peppering the news involving celebrities like Brittany Spears, Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Heath Ledger, Whitney Houston, and more. Each of the above had money to burn, fame in spades, relationships with “beautiful people,” and everything else people think is needed for fulfillment. Yet, their lives ended in tragedy or the tragedy is still unfolding.
Money, fame, and pleasure do not make life complete. Only a relationship with Christ can do that. Without that relationship, there is a void, which many people can attest to. But when we have Christ, He provides the love, purpose, and guidance all of us truly need.
Only Christ can fill your heart. Seek His fullness today.
Mark J. Musser is a pastor at Trinity Wesleyan Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife and teenage son.