Our Appetites

There is a discontentment that occurs when we live life according to the flesh. The human has a huge need to be satisfied, and when we look to the wrong things to satisfy us, we continue to hunger. Smoking is an example, along with fornication, gluttony, drinking alcohol, drugs, and drama… these are all unhealthy outlets to filling our appetite, because the aftertaste to partaking in these behaviors is kind of nasty… they don’t leave us feeling well or good about ourselves afterwards. Healthier outlets include: sports, teaching, preaching, reading a book, talking to a friend, writing, hobbies, exercise, and health practices like eating superfoods. These outlets are healthy for the soul and recommended, however, there is still a higher thing we seek…. There is a theorist named Abraham Maslow who developed a hierarchy of human needs pyramid that outlines a hierarchy of human’s needs, beginning from the most basic at the bottom of the pyramid to the highest needs we have forming the tip of the pyramid . The theory is that people are not able to be satisfied until they have these needs met and in the given order. The needs begin with the most basic needs such as our physical needs for food, home, and bodily needs. Next we need safety, and then we need love and belonging. The last two tiers of needs are the higher needs which are self-esteem and finally self- actualization. Self-actualization is the stage in which a person reaches their fullest inner potential, in which they have peace with themselves, and all their physical and love needs are met. They have accomplished feeling good about themselves and finally they fulfill their purpose, what makes them who they are, or they have discovered their destiny and are also fulfilling it. Self- Actualization is what I want to discuss. I don’t believe it is possible to self- actualize without a connection to the Lord. It is built within each person to have a connection with him, whether or not everyone agrees. I believe that in order to truly attain good self-esteem we have to feel like a good person. There is a difference between arrogance and true confidence. Arrogance is laced with hate for others and really some hate for self. Confidence is feeling good about ourselves and how we behave with others. It is really hard to treat others well if you don’t have some sympathy or empathy for them. Anyways, all good things come from above, so when we act in goodness a reward is high self-esteem (Galations 6:4). After we have attained confidence in ourselves, then nothing can keep us from our destiny. Each person has a destiny from God. Each person was created to be and think a certain way that is also tied to their personal desires and needs for fulfillment. For example, the man who is destined to play the piano will not find satisfaction as a manager in a science lab, and vise versa. But God in his great wisdom orchestrated our lives so that we have to have some connection with him in order to be truly satisfied and often times our destiny won’t be fulfilled without him. My destiny was to write and preach the gospel. I have been thinking about God since I was a small child, even before ever being taught about him. I’m sure my grandparents and parents can recall my questions about God. However, if I had not ever turned to him then I would be one unsatisfied individual. I desired to learn about him because he created me to have that curiosity. Others will also have a drive because of their own personal God given destiny. We attain our true destiny when we put him in the forefront of our lives, or at least when we include him. Only God can truly satisfy us… Jesus said that those who hunger and thirst after him will be satisfied, and if he has called you, you will always have a hunger for him… even if it’s just slight. Thank him for it, and go to him for the dinner he’s prepared for you. Lord, quench our thirst… but may we never go without that thirst because you are the best temptation a person can ever want.

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