I read an interesting article today that sparked a question I would like for you to ponder. First, the article I read stated the following –
Use of antidepressant drugs has soared nearly 400% since 1988, making the medication the most frequently used by people ages 18-44, areport from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. Eleven percent of Americans ages 12 years andolder took antidepressants during the 2005-08 study period, the authors write.They add that though the majority of antidepressants were taken to treatdepression, the drugs also can be used for anxiety disorders and otherconditions.
So my question to you today is - If there is really a pill that can make you happy, then why are so many people angry and sad? Think about that for a moment. As readily available as various drugs are, that can ‘alter’ one’s chemical balance, you would think the world would be a happy place. Fortunately, the world is not able to provide what can only be given by the All-Sufficient One. The One who is More than Enough. The One Who Gives Peace, Love, and Joy in Abundance, without the need of co-pay. The One Whose Life was the deductible to our insurance policy, paid in full.
Yes, temporary satisfaction can be found in drugs, alcohol, sex, and money; however, if you are looking for something long term look to the Father – who is the author AND the finisher of our faith. Only He can provide us with a peace that goes beyond comprehension, as we keep our thoughts toward Him. His love is everlasting and never fails, name a lover who can claim that and then PROVE it? Money may get us the cars, the houses, the clothes and pay the bills but it will not guarantee eternal life or even satisfaction in this life.
Life has a way taking you through twists and turns, leaps and bounds, and highs and lows. It is one thing to take that ride without a safety harness and another to take it wrapped in the safety of the Omnipotent One. When the stresses of life get heavy take a walk and look at the beauty of God’s creation. There are benefits to exercise and healthy eating, explore them. But more importantly, know that a Christ-centered life has renewed purpose -- so pursue Him.