A man is not old as long as he is seeking something. Jean Rostand
Some mathematician has said pleasure lies not in discovering truth, but in seeking it. Tolstoy
Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals. Aristotle
What does it mean to be seeking? If we are unsatisfied with who we are, where we are, and want to become something more than we are, then we are seeking. Our lives can be described as journeys, pilgrimages, epic sagas, and life-long adventures. Life is an on-going quest. Each of us has our own life to live, journey to take, and individual potential to strive to live to. We each have a personal destiny to fulfill.
This is a mission that is uniquely ours, beginning at birth, and at least this phase of it, ending at death. Many believe it continues after death. Those who are “seekers” search to find, experience, gain wisdom, and live to their utmost. They have a hunger that needs to be satisfied. They are seeking the truth as it applies to them and as it applies to the world. Our seeking may even be instinctive. Much as Monarch butterflies instinctively migrate from Mexico as far North as Canada, we may have instinctive desires to seek wisdom and purpose in our lives.
There are those who are not seeking. They lack the hunger, desire and the motivation. Perhaps they are content. It is hard to determine what it is that causes some of us to be seekers, and some of us to be content. We are designed to be rational and intelligent creatures. We have a free will. Our brains are capable of reasoning and thinking at levels far greater than we use. To a great degree we are only limited by our own desires and whether or not we are okay with the status quo and living life in our comfort zone. Some would say that those that are easily satisfied and contented are truly blessed and too be envied.
Is it a blessing or a curse to have a hunger and a desire to grow and to become? Is it good or bad to want to do something about our weaknesses, shortcomings, character flaws, bad attitudes and a myriad of such things? Is it better to be like the ostrich who buries its head in the sand? The teaching and the wisdom of the ages teaches us that we are supposed to do something with our lives. They encourage us to live life seeking wisdom and understanding. Those that are “seeking” may have more likelihood of finding meaning and purpose in life.
Challenge: There can be a fine line between being miserable and feeling good and happy about ourselves. True growth and development is dependent on establishing a good foundation within and going forward in life. None of us is perfect nor will we ever be. The goal should be to seek to grow a little every day. Seek to have a greater hunger for living life. Seek to make life more of an adventure. Get out of your comfort zone. Seek truth.
Wisdom: The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone. Orison Swett
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6
For God did no give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
We seem to be designed with an innate hunger for meaning and purpose. Some of us respond to it and seek after it, while others try to ignore it and bury it. It may well be that this “hunger” is an innate desire to establish a right relationship with God. We are designed in his image and some of his nature is within. It seems natural we would seek our origins. If these things are true, we will never find joy and happiness until we re-establish with God.
Prayer: Help me to seek your will in my life. Help me to discovery all the great things that are waiting for me.