“God has placed in our hearts a longing to seek and find him. St. Augustine says “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” We call this longing for God – Religion [27-30]” – YOUCAT (3)
It is natural for man to seek God. All of our striving for truth and happiness is ultimately a search for the one who supports us absolutely, satisfies us absolutely, and employs us absolutely in his service. A person is not completely himself until he has found God.
What are you looking for?
The rise in popularity of social media over the last few years has been astonishing to say the least. Social media is changing the way we communicate, develop relationships, shop, you name it. According to a 2009 PEW Internet & American Life Project on Teens and Social Media, 93% of teens aged 12-17 go online and 65% use a an online social networking site. Social networking now accounts for 22% of all time spent on line! So why are we seeing such an explosion in popularity? Mostly it’s because these sites make it easy to stay in touch with friends and family, it’s easy to connect. It’s all about the relationships.
I suspect that we are all looking for deeper and more meaningful relationships. And sometimes we spend hours on Facebook and Twitter and other social networks trying to connect with people and develop those relationships. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy social networking too, but this part of the YOUCAT really made me ask myself “what are you looking for?” Sometimes I wonder if this new found desire to connect with people isn’t partially born out of a misplaced longing to seek and to find the One who wants to connect and have a relationship with us the most!
We are not complete until we find God
With more and more social networking tools being developed every day, it’s become even easier to connect with people around the world. It’s also become even easier to spend more of our time working on these relationships rather than working on our relationship with God. I’ve personally found this to be a problem, but it’s one I’ve come to recognize. But, once we can recognize and define a problem we can also solve it. The happiness that we are all looking for can only be found in our relationship with God! If we invest the time in that relationship to really find it, then we can share that happiness with others; and, in doing so, we can help others find it too.
We all have restless hearts. But, it’s important that we recognize that we’ve been designed that way by God for the purpose of finding Him. And when we feel that longing for something that we can’t quite put our finger on, rather than spinning our wheels building virtual cities and harvesting virtual crops, we should all pause for a moment and ask if we shouldn’t be spending some time with God. Is God stirring up that restlessness in us so that we might spend a little time with Him? My guess is that the answer to that question is often yes. And if we take some of that time and spend it developing our relationship with God, then perhaps we can get on to the real business of building and harvesting for which He has called us.
1. Am I spending time each day working on my relationship with God?
2. In what ways do I spend my time that keep me from making time for God?
3. What one thing can I change in order to spend more time with God?