October 22, 2013
Dear Eastridge Family,
A few years ago a poll revealed that the #1 Rock "N" Roll song of all time was a song by the British band; The Rolling Stones entitled "I Can't Get No Satisfaction."
I think it is clear that one reason this song has been so popular for so long is the fact that this song speaks to the fundamental dilemma of so many people in our society. What will give me satisfaction? The song has a refrain that says "And I tried - and I tried - and I tried - and I tried - I can't get no satisfaction." You can almost see the history of the human race written through the lens and lyrics of that song.
I have tried sex and orgies, and I can't get no satisfaction. I have tried this husband and that wife and I can’t get no satisfaction. I have tried having kids and I can’t get no satisfaction. I tried buying this house or that car and I can’t get no satisfaction. I have tried alcohol and amphetamines, and I still can't get satisfaction. Actually we may experience a temporary “high” but it does not last. The party is fun; the toys we buy bring joy for a while; and the sex may be good but eventually I’m left with no lasting satisfaction.
Perhaps the reason why the song has remained so appealing to us is because the song speaks to an aspiration that reaches deep into our soul; to a frustration that burns within us; "I tried, and I tried, and I tried, and I tried - but I can't get no satisfaction."
The 40 Days of Purpose Campaign is an attempt to direct us to the reason we were created so we may discover our purpose and find the elusive lasting satisfaction. By now I hope you have started reading your book. The first line says, “It is not about you!” Until we discover this truth of life we will forever be left to trying this and that but never really satisfied.
You were made for God, not vice versa, and life is about letting God use you for his purposes, not using him for your own purpose. Focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life’s purpose.
The easiest way to discover the purpose of an invention is to ask the creator of it. The same is true for discovering your life’s purpose: Ask God.
I hope you are willing to spend the next 40 days seeking God; if you will I can guarantee you, that you will not be disappointed.