Remember where our hope lies.
Some may believe that acknowledging life is not satisfying means giving up, lowering expectations, and settling into a permanent sense of disappointment with God. That’s exactly what God does not want us to do—he wants us to look forward to life in his tangible presence, rather than settle for what we can experience now. It’s possible for us to live contented, unsatisfied lives precisely because God will not disappoint us. Satisfaction is coming in grand fashion. After about five millennia of recorded history, it ought to be pretty clear by now that we don’t have the solutions to our most fundamental problems. Jesus really is our answer, and he will once again disrupt history—not cloaked in the humble garments of a suffering servant, but in his full glory as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. No Christian will be disappointed. Embrace the implications of this for yourself, and point your group toward this hope.
The unsatisfied life is a life of hope. It’s an exercise in long anticipation—and it is soil in which sustainable faith can grow. When your group gets honest and stops waiting for—or faking—complete satisfaction, they’ll be better prepared for life’s storms. Even in hard times, their faith will produce a harvest of hope.
—Amy Simpson is a life and leadership coach, speaker, and author of the new book Blessed Are the Unsatisfied: Finding Spiritual Freedom in an Imperfect World. You can find her at AmySimpson.com and on Twitter @aresimpson.