I spend a great deal of time in bookstores, and it never ceases to amaze me just how many new titles there are every week in the genre of "self improvement." I think people in general are always looking for that "one thing" they're missing in their lives. And readers are no exception--they're always looking for that book that will answer those questions for them. We're always searching . . .
I saw titles today on topics like mindfulness . . . that's a type of meditation where you focus intently on what you're sensing and feeling at that moment. It's supposed to help you relax and connect with your environment. Make you more aware, more relaxed, more content and connected.
And there titles on stress, and depression, and finding your place in the world. There were titles on how to be a better person, and how to be happy, and how to eat better so you could be happy. There were books about how to be content, and how to stop worrying all the time. And on and on and on and on . . .
You get the impression from the titles of these books and their popularity in our culture that we have a lot of people in our society that are lost. That are looking from something. That are unhappy and discontent with their lives. They are looking for some kind of fulfillment. They know they're missing something, but they just don't know what it is.
I know exactly what they're missing. We're wired this way. We were made this way by our creator. We're always looking for the meaning of our life. We're always searching for our place in the universe. And you're not going to find the answers to these questions sitting on a yoga mat listening to sitar music while focusing on a flower. You'll find these answers when you seek the answers from God.
And the good news for those of you looking for answers to life's big questions at the bookstore is that there is such a book! It's the one you've been looking for all this time. It's the Holy Bible, and if you spend some time in the pages of that book, it'll change your life.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."
Matthew 7: 7-8