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Spending Ourselves on that Which Satisfies

This week a Rolling Stones song has been playing on continuous loop in my head.  “I can’t get no satisfaction.  But I try, and I try, and I try, and I try…”  The fact that it is haunting me probably says more about the number (in the thousands, I’m sure) of times I’ve heard it than the relevance of the song to our discussion about uncluttering our spirits.

The scripture we will be looking at this week comes from the portion of the book of Isaiah many biblical scholars attribute to second Isaiah.  And yes, there is a tie between the ‘ Stones and Isaiah!  This poet/prophet asks a question that is as relevant to us in our day and time as it was then:

Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?

This timeless question leads to another:  “What is it that really satisfies us?”

I think many of us would agree that dissatisfaction at the end of the day is not uncommon. Maybe the bigger question is do we continue to spend ourselves on that which doesn’t satisfy our souls? And when do we begin to pay attention enough to notice that we are not satisfied?