There are times when we have an empty feeling, and I’m not talking about hunger. It’s like having a hole in your soul and you keep looking for something to fill it. Perhaps love would fill it, so you give your heart in love in hopes of receiving the other’s heart in return, don’t you? Yes! Then we have children, conceived and brought into this world without any choice of their own, they are flesh of your flesh and bone of your bone. But sometimes we hear about aging parents being forsaken. On the other side we hear about children being left in garbage dumps or on a doorstep. We seek out and have love affairs, take drugs, drink alcohol to excess, or over eat, all to try and fill the “hole” that something or someone has left there.
I recently watched an episode of a reality show about a woman who had weighed 716 pounds. There were several people telling their stories of why they had gained so much weight. Everyone in that group had experienced something horrible, had a loss of some kind in their youth or found that the only control they had in their life was what they ingested. They chose food as their addiction. It made me think about my own self and why I think or do some things that I do.
The Apostle Paul said: Romans 7:16-20 “What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.”
Bottom line, we all have an emptiness on some level so what is my solution? Instead of seeking a cure, fill that place with the Holy Spirit!