Monday, March 25, 2013

There is only one "Next Best Thing"

Lately I have come across several people—whether online or in reality—who have a severe "travel bug." Blogs about travel and travel experiences are innumerable. Young, single people dream about traveling the world, gaining invaluable experiences in the process. There's always somewhere they want to be going; there's always another place they need to explore. They thrive on cultural and experiential diversity. On the surface it may look innocent. But, as someone once said: "Wherever you go, there you are."

I have a sneaking suspicion that underlying all of these desires to "see the world" is a deep discontentment with the ordinary, mundane things in life. It's just like the person looking for the stronger high, the better orgasm, or whatever next best thing lies around the corner. But here's the truth: there is only one next best thing, and it is Christ and His Kingdom. Everything else will leave you wanting more. But the Kingdom of Christ promises an eternity of pleasure to those who find their life hidden in His.

Know that you will not be satisfied with your travels, even if you visit every continent and explore all that God's creation has to offer. Wherever you go, you will take with you that deep longing for something greater. Your only satisfaction will come through Christ. And he offers it to us even in the mundane, ordinary aspects of everyday life.

So don't look for a savior in your experiences. As this guy once said, "Cool experiences are cool, but they are a terrible God."


  1. I've also seen this trend and your blog brings my mind to this passage: Eccclesiastes 2: 24 and 25.

  2. Danielle ThibodeauxMarch 25, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    So true. We seek greater experiences but once we are in him, the eternal joy he brings is incomparable to all of our earthly craved adventures.