The story is told about a pilot who always looked down intently on a certain valley in the Appalachians when the plane passed overhead. One day his co-pilot asked, “What’s so interesting about that spot?” The pilot replied, “See that stream? Well, when I was a kid I used to sit down there on a log and fish. Every time an airplane flew over, I would look up and wish I were flying… Now I look down and wish I were fishing.”
Many of us can relate with the dilemma of that pilot. There is a goal we set thinking that by achieving that goal we will find fulfillment. Then we achieve our goal and we begin to wish things were a little different. We grow up pursuing our big dreams. We go to school just so that we can make money. We run from pillar to post seeking to uncover the secrets to having that life we imagined. And then we get to catch a glimpse of the life we dreamt of and suddenly, what we have is not enough. We want more.
An average human being does not know what fulfillment is because he has never experienced it. You see, fulfillment is not a goal. It is an experience. You can attain a level of success and still not be fulfilled.
To be fulfilled is to be deeply satisfied with yourself. It is to be at peace with yourself knowing you are living the life you were created to live. Fulfillment is man’s deepest desire and the lack of fulfillment is his greatest source of frustration. In fact, the pursuit of fulfillment is man’s foremost endeavour. You may not know, but what you are really searching for is to be fulfilled. When you are fulfilled, you are powerful, in charge and free.
So, why do many people never find fulfillment? I believe the answer is simply that they look for it in the wrong places. Some seek fulfillment in pleasure. Others, work, religion, power and so on. But from all these, we have anything but fulfillment.
Truth is, we all can experience fulfillment. We all can have the more we desire for our lives. But “the more” we are looking for, the fulfillment we crave for is a bundle of experiences God has packaged in the pursuit of our life assignments. It is in the pursuit of God and his divine purpose that a man can be fulfilled and deeply satisfied.
Finding your purpose is the key to living a life of meaning and fulfillment. It is only in your God-given purpose that you can be truly fulfilled. It is when you find and give yourself to that for which you were put here that you can experience that deep-seated peace and a glowing joy in your heart as God derives pleasure from who you are and what you do in advancement of His kingdom and for the betterment of the human family.
I call you blessed!