The Real Root of Our Dissatisfaction

“It’s no wonder we often find ourselves looking for satisfaction in all the wrong ways.  You and I are deluged from every side by advertising designed to foster dissatisfaction with our current lives.  From what I’ve seen on television, my life would be much more satisfying if I were to eat Special K for breakfast, buy my car insurance form GEICO, and wear a Breitling watch.  No one is impervious to advertising’s influence….

The real root of our dissatisfaction goes deeper than our response to the blitz of media advertising.  It resides somewhere deep in our souls and traces its origins all the way back to Eden.  The serpent’s question to Eve strikes home in all of our hearts: ‘Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden”?’

Before this, Eve had delighted in God’s provision, but now she wants more.  She decides that the only fruit that will satisfy her hangs from the branches of the one tree God forbade her to eat from.  But upon partaking of the fruit, she finds–as we all have–that living outside of God’s boundaries and provision leads to fatal dissatisfaction.  Once humanity crossed the threshold into a broken relationship with God, we’ve been dissatisfied ever since.”

from Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul, by Bill Hybels (pp. 256-257)

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5 thoughts on “The Real Root of Our Dissatisfaction

  1. Andrew: You hit the nail on the head with this post (in my opinion). And you are right about advertising, TV, etc. tempting us to apply their standards and to live according to how they define satisfaction, but I think the worse of the sources of this false measuring stick of satisfaction is Facebook. It is so tempting to look at vacation pictures, pictures the social life of friends, pictures of their angelic and perfect family, and compare those to our ordinary lives with all its flaws; and next thing you know, you are unsatisfied with what should have and would have satisfied you were it not for unsatisfactory comparisons with the Cinderella lives we see on Facebook.

    • I can’t claim credit for the words–it’s an extended quotation from Bill Hybels.

      I deleted Facebook and Twitter from my phone after the SCOTUS gay marriage decision, and I can tell you I’ve been less stressed and had more peace. (I think I should write about this….)

      • You are a better man than me. I cannot live with Facebook (keeps me up to date with kids and grandkids that I cannot see as often as I would like), but I try hard to avoid the comparisons it leads to. And I have a Twitter account, as well as an Instagram account, but I never check those (just rely on Facebook). And to make matters worse, I will be glued to the TV tonight for the final episode of Bachelorette. I am in need of an Exorcism (but I am not sure which we should tackle first – Facebook or Bachelorette).