Accidentally, I typed, "Emptymess" and thought...yeah, that's about right too.
The kennel has been unusually quiet for June the last two days. Time to do some extra cleaning (and yard work because yes, that is a weed wacker back there, charging)
We make terrible choices. Maybe we'll feel better if we pursue that job, that person, that bag of Oreo cookies. We may feel full for five minutes or even a few years, but ultimately, our attempts to fill our lives with happiness, or just momentary easing of pain, fail.
Before grocery stores and vending machines, people had to spend a large portion of their day growing and making their own bread. When Jesus showed up and told them "I AM the bread of life", people were eager to know what kind of sustenance he was offering.
Now if our vending machine runs empty, we can go to the next one, or go to the store, or have something delivered. It's really easy. Except we often treat our spiritual lives the same way. If we don't immediately feel satisfied or have answers in religion, we shrug our shoulders and move onto what must really work. We thirst for more. Then Jesus said, "I AM Living Water." What? A well that doesn't run dry? Is not distant? Why yes.
Often we think that if we choose to follow Christ, we'll have to give up all the "good stuff." And we don't. We may want to at some time, but that's not the point. We don't ditch our vices because they make us bad people, it is because those vices enslave us in the way that Jesus wants to set us free.
And freedom is what He gives. Free indeed.
In a few short days, the kennel will be overflowing with dogs for the holiday weekend.
The Good News is that we can choose a life that overflows with goodness, mercy, forgiveness, and deep peace. We may still be a mess, but not an empty one.