Satisfying Your Soul

satisfy your soul

Music gives you exactly what you need when you need to hear it. My husband always teases me because I believe that kind of coincidence comes straight from God. I feel like all experiences are connected and that we are given the tools we need to become the best person we can be. From the universe, from what inspires us, from Jesus. This has been one of those summers for me. My favorite songs this summer are Rich and Miserable by Kenny Chesney and Wanting More by Memphis May Fire. I have never experienced any other music that quite encompasses today’s generation.
Millennial’s dominate the world right now and our lifestyle choices couldn’t be more different than our parents. CNBC and many other news platforms are reporting the same numbers, the economy is having to adapt to a generation that is far less materialistic. Minimalism isn’t only a decorating trend for millennial’s, it’s a way of life. Chesney described this perfectly. In “Rich and Miserable” he talks about the American dream being going to college to get a job. But then you graduate and the job you receive isn’t enough to pay off your student loans.
You set another goal and the ladder to reach whatever your next dream is just continues to grow. There’s nothing wrong with setting yourself up with an ambitious life. But what happens when you make your goals tangible instead of spiritual? You eventually receive whatever it is you had your heart set on and then immediately want the next best thing.
I always thought of this as an idea that contradicted my Christian ideals. God tells us to keep our treasures in heaven. What does that mean? It can’t only be about not worshiping idols, when we place the value of our happiness on items we are keeping our soul tied to things that will eventually break. In “Wanting More”, Memphis May Fire sings about that kind of push and pull. You want what everyone one else has and it becomes a mission.
But when you get that new car, or that fancy watch, or whatever, then what? It doesn’t satisfy you for long. Does it touch you deep in your soul and change you as a person to own a brand new designer purse? There’s always something new, something better, something more expensive. How much stuff signifies the end of a journey? A job well done? How does buying all this crap make the world a better place? There’s nothing wrong with wanting things, I think it just becomes hard to find your line in the sand that tells you when it’s enough.
So how do millennial’s satisfy their soul? That’s something I am still trying to figure out. I grew up surrounded by my parents ideals. The American dream of having a house, a family, a nice car, a big career, as being the end all. But the more things I have, the more I crave actual experiences. I would rather travel than buy a new car. I would rather watch my kids at Disneyland than own a thousand pairs of shoes. I would rather live out my 60s seeing America from the passenger seat of an RV holding my husband’s hand, rather than living my days out on one beach drinking margaritas.
I want to have a job that makes me feel alive no matter what it pays. I want to inspire my kids to follow their dreams no matter where it takes them. I want more.

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