Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” - John 4:13-14 NIV
Cubs win, Cubs win, Cubs win!! Last night, actually early this morning (because of the rain delay and extra innings), the Chicago Cubs ended a 108 year curse by winning the World Series Championship over the Cleveland Indians (now 68 years and counting). It was an exciting time for both the team and the fans alike. I watched the coverage of the celebration of the final out along with cameras covering the celebration from Chicago as the fans (it was amazing to see the mass of people celebrating in the streets) shed tears of joy and hugged one another. As I watched the scene unfold on the television screen, I began thinking that now that the Cubs had won the championship and satisfied the desires of an entire city (a good part of the nation, just remember the tens of thousands that were in the stands in Cleveland), what's next? Of course, the obvious answer is to win another championship and hope that it's not another 108 years between the two.
Men, after we accomplish goals that we have been chasing for an extended period of time, what's next? Are we like the Chicago Cubs, that after realizing their long awaited dream of a World Series championship, the next thing is to now report to spring training the next year in an attempt to do it all over again? Is that our lot in life to accomplish goals, experience a euphoric rush that only lasts for a short period of time and do it all over again? Do we invent another mountain to climb, another chasm to cross? What will really satisfy us?
I want everyone reading this to know that I love goals. I have goals for this blog, the relationship between family and friends along with the Men's Ministry that I am a part of. However, I found that in addition to those goals, I need something else in conjunction with them. Jesus spoke about this item that was needed in His conversation with the woman at the well. It was the gift of life that He provides to each and every one of us. It is Jesus' promise that if we will let Him come in and dwell in our hearts we will have access to a fountain that will satisfy our thirst. Having Him in your heart brings peace and joy that is present in all circumstances and wherever you go. The water that Jesus provides is present when you go through some of the dry seasons in your life as well as the seasons of plenty. It is there as you work to accomplish the goals that you are currently pursuing in addition to being there when you have realized them. Start today by beginning the process of drawing water from the well that Jesus offers.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.