Full Feeling vs. Fulfilling

Are you someone who knows what it is like to have a feeling of success and achievement, but don’t really feel fulfilled?  Is your routine of running from place to place and task to task leaving you less than satisfied?  Do your instincts tell you there has to be more to life than this? You’re right, and your life is not just supposed to be full every waking moment in a mad dash to the finish line.  When you align yourself with God’s perspective, you can sort out what is important and fulfilling and what is simply busy work that leaves you full feeling.  Psalm 32:8 tells us “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

Personally, I have always run full steam ahead with a calendar that contains no blank spaces.  My life has always been—and continues to be—very full, but today I can also say it is richly fulfilling.  The difference is when I use my gifts and abilities to pursue God’s calling, the completion of each task feeds me and reenergizes me to tackle the next one. I feel a strong sense of purpose and peace, even when I am not sure just how it is all going to get done.  I don’t feel anxious.  I may be tired at the end of a challenging day, but I never feel depleted.

When we reach the finish line, we will not be asked, “What did you do?” but rather “What did you do with what I gave you?”  God has given each of us a calling, and when we find it, we owe it to Him to nurture and pursue it; that is the key to our well-being, and the difference between living a fulfilling rather than a full feeling life.