ARE YOU REALLY SATISFIED?
It was time to catch up with an ex-colleague. The last time we chatted, he mentioned to me how his dreams were going to be fulfilled in the new organisation he was just moving to. It was clear he was not happy anymore at the previous company and thought his satisfaction was in the next organisation. On picking up his call I asked the question; ‘are you really satisfied?’ And the answer came as a surprise to me.
Firstly, he did not sound as excited as expected and secondly, he seemed to be avoiding answering my question. So, I asked him the question again and he went; ‘Bola, I have never been more unhappy!’ What? That was a surprise to me as I expected him to sing the praise of his newly found organisation. He then said; ‘Don’t get me wrong Bola, the company is good, but I realised that I am still unhappy and cannot seem to find the satisfaction I was looking for. Maybe this industry is not for me, I might look into moving industries.’
At that point I stopped this ex-colleague of mine and told him that I did not think the answer he was looking for was out there. He needed to re-evaluate things generally by looking at other areas of life and see his level of satisfaction. That little exercise should help identify problem areas. This evaluation will also let him see if the problem was internal or external.
As we started walking through the different areas of life, I asked him the all- important question of relationships. The first of which is what his level of satisfaction was in his relationship with God and then his relationships to the important people in his life. These questions were the start of my ex-colleague’s deep introspection and he then discovered that the problem was not either of the two workplaces. It was not even external at all!
This story got me thinking of people who think the next relationship, job, car, house, investment, holiday is the answer to genuine happiness. Only to find out when they have experienced or acquired or made the move to what they thought was the answer, that they were even more miserable.
So, what is the solution?
God’s word when it comes to experiencing satisfaction says
‘And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.’ Isaiah 58:11 (I particularly love the NLT version here)
God has a plan for your satisfaction. He has a plan to guide you continually and satisfy you even in the toughest of times. His plan to satisfy you will also make you stronger and refresh you always. That is surely awesome.
To experience genuine satisfaction, fix the connection with God and He will guide you in fixing the connection with others. He will also lead you to the place where you will experience continuous refreshing – which leads to continuous satisfaction. It is possible to be continually satisfied, even in seasons when things are tough for others. So, take on this little tip.
God is on your side!
ps: read my older blog post on God always showing up on time here