Soren Kierkegaard once wrote, “In the bottomless ocean of pleasure, I have sounded in vain for a spot to cast anchor. I have felt the almost irresistible power with which one pleasure drags another after it, the kind of adulterated enthusiasm which is capable of producing, the boredom, the torment which follows.”
Pleasure seeking is such a part of the human saga. Our lives are expended searching for that ‘something’ which will feel those voids we experience deep inside. The problem is that we are never satisfied. One desire leads to another and then another and so on. What is it truly that we are looking for? What is it that completes us?
Huston Smith writes that pleasure is not wicked it is simply too “trivial to satisfy one’s total nature.”
We all notice how soon we become bored even with the most amusing of things. It is like the child who opens a present and finds that toy he was wanting for so long. He plays with it for a few days and then tosses it into the abyss of the toy box sometimes never to retrieve it again.
Then why do we spend so much time running after these temporary things knowing that they will only satisfy for the moment? I believe it is because they serve as ‘fixes’ for our fragmented minds. We have become so unaware of what our real needs are. We were created for relationship not with momentary pleasures but with the Maker of it all. We have settled for so much less and we suffer because of it.
But we dare not deal with the real issues. They are too painful. They demand too much. They demand that we sacrifice. They demand our all. But that is what is required lest we continue down the path which only leads to destruction.
But God offers so much more. Not a temporary reprieve from the world but an offer way too good to refuse. He offers what every soul truly longs for- relationship with its Creator.
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when men hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven…” Luke 6:20-23