Got satisfaction? Really?

October 31, 2007

by Rebekah Ray

I hope you aren’t sick today from too much Trick-or-Treat candy.

My friend finished a candy bar the other day and read the most interesting fact on the wrapper. It read, “Candy is a treat and should be consumed in moderation.”

My friend looked at me, still chewing chocolate and coconut, and said, “Oh. I wish I’d have known that before I ate the other four.”

We laughed so hard. She had eaten and eaten that candy as if she couldn’t get enough. Before that fifth one, all she could think of to satisfy her appetite was another piece of chocolate.

My friend is certainly not the only person to have ever overindulged in candy. We all overindulge in something at some point.
We run into a greater problem when we seek fulfillment in things that cannot satisfy. Some may seek it in food, others in alcohol or acceptance into grad school. Others seek satisfaction through sex or success in work. We explore all kinds of paths in our efforts to find satisfaction.

We want to lie down in bed at night and not feel that sense that something is missing or out of place.

Think about this: If your money were gone, or if your family, your fiancée, the career you’re pursuing or your good grades were gone, what would you be left with? If you had no more food or shelter in which to sleep at night, not even intelligence enough to keep yourself satisfied with your own thoughts, where would you turn? I think many could not, or would choose not to, go on. If even one of those things we place the most value in was gone, many of us would not know how to carry on.

I’d like to ask you to think seriously about this for a minute. When you wake up in the morning and plan your day, what do you devote most of your time to? If that relationship, pleasure, goal or you-fill-in-the-blank were gone, what would you do?

Mandisa Hundley, one of the top 12 contestants from American Idol’s fifth season, is one of my favorite music artists in the whole world. I had the opportunity to see her perform this summer in Nashville, Tenn., and before singing one of my favorite songs she introduced it by sharing a personal struggle. Mandisa said the lyrics of this song ring true for her because she at one time sought satisfaction in food. She says her battle with food is of a different kind. Now she fights against habits and desires, she no longer turns to food to satisfy a hunger that food cannot satisfy.

The words of the song she proceeded to sing go like this: “Some people try to listen to the bottom of a bottle/Some people try to listen to a needle in their arm/Some people try to listen to the money in their pocket/Some people try to listen to another’s arms./You and I are not that different/We got a void and we’re just trying to fill it up/With something that will give just a little peace/All we want is a hand to reach to/Open arms that say I love you/We’d give anything to hear/The voice of a Savior.”