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Clergy View: There's got to be something more

The game is over and the hype is done. No more reporters or analysts predicting who is going to win. No more wondering if Brady can do it again. And no more excitement over anticipating the big game. So, now what?

After any big, exciting event, aren't we always left feeling a little down or empty inside? It is not just a sporting event. This could happen after that vacation you planned, after seeing that new movie you have been dying to see, after getting the big raise you have been working for, after losing that extra 10 pounds you have wanted to, or after that visit from the grandkids you had been anticipating. Reaching these goals and events never satisfy completely the way we think they will. But, why?

The reason is this: the external, even good, things that God has given us to enjoy will never satisfy the way a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ is meant to. What this means is, if we look to outside things for our joy, happiness and peace we will always be disappointed and looking for something else that will satisfy. God wants us to look to Him and only Him for complete joy. When overwhelming emotions (such as hopelessness, anger, or even joy) surround us, many times they are pointing us to the things we are trying to replace God with. The author of the "Chronicles of Narnia," C.S. Lewis, said it well: "If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world."

The "other world" that C.S. Lewis points us to is a world that centers on the person and work of Jesus Christ. If we look at Christ in the Bible, we will be challenged to see who we really are (sinners in need of a Savior), confess and repent what we have done (offended a Holy God), and accept through faith what we have been offered (forgiveness and salvation). John 1:12 says, "To all who received him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God." And as "children of God," we then look to our good Father for our salvation and joy. Don't live a life of discouragement. Don't live a life of disappointment. Turn to Jesus and live a life of victory and purpose in serving our Savior.

Jim Stephens is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Brainerd.