My sharing will be based on the story of Jesus and the Samaritan Woman. We know from the story that as Jesus was passing through Samaria, he stopped to rest at a well. It was there that he met the Samaritan Woman. We also know from the story that the Samaritan Woman was longing for water, as it was essential to living. Water still is essential to living for all of us. As it is essential, she thought that it would satisfy her needs.
However, Jesus offered her something more than water. And that was a relationship with Him. To him, this was the only thing that could satisfy her. It was also something that could last forever, and never be taken away from her.
Recently I passed my driving test and to me, it was one of the biggest achievements of my life. However, when I looked at the test result, I would moan at all the mistakes that I made. And I could not help wondering: “hmm what if I did not change lanes so abruptly? I wouldn’t have gotten the 2 demerit points.” And “oh what if I checked my safety more often? Then I would not have had 4 demerit points” Etc. The point was, even though I passed, I was not satisfied with the result I had. I wanted to have a better one.
The same goes to many of us. Whenever we get our test papers back, we would wish we didn’t make this mistake and that mistake so that we could have a better score. Even if we had scored 99/100, we would still very much wish that we didn’t make that one mistake so that we could achieve full marks.
Some of us want to be great basketball players. It starts out with being the best among your group of friends. When you have achieved that, you want to be the best in your neighborhood. After that, you want to be the best player in your school. Soon after, you want to be the best player in your state. Still hungry for more, you want to be the best player in the league. If you make it to the NBA, you would want to be the best in the NBA and after which, the best player in the whole world.
My question to you guys would be: “Do these things really satisfy us?”
We all know that one day these things will be taken away from us. When we die, all these things will become nothing. Are we really living our lives purposefully by pursuing these things?
Right now, I want you to think of something you want to achieve or something you want really really badly. It could be to become the top student in your class, or to have the prettiest girl as a girlfriend.
Think about it, “will it really last?” “Will we be truly satisfied?” “What if it was taken away from us?”
What if one day, the sport that we love so dearly was taken away from us?
I have a friend who when he was younger, was a great football player. How good? He was so good that he was asked to go for the national team trials. But a week before the trials, while playing football with his friends, he tragically tore his ACL. This meant that he could not go for the trials. Because of the injury, for the next 6 years, he could not play the sport that he so dearly loved. In fact, he teared every time he saw a group of people playing football.
Reflection: What is one thing in life that will last forever, will satisfy us fully, and will never be taken away from us?
Sharing by: Timothy Leong from CrossRunners
Posted on Sat, July 13, 2013
by Timothy Leong