For my people have committed two evils:
they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living waters,
and hewed out cisterns for themselves,
broken cisterns that can hold no water.
~ Jeremiah 2:13
Earlier this week I read Wright Thompson’s piece on Tiger Woods entitled “The Secret History of Tiger Woods” and found it a spectacular read, as Wright is extremely good at what he does, but also found it tragic and sad. Much like Wright’s piece on Michael Jordan last year, “Michael Jordan Has Not Left The Building” we are reminded that fame and fortune doesn’t satisfy. In both instances Wright peels back layers into the lives of seemingly two of the greatest athletes of all time and what we see is men on top of the world, in the worlds eyes, lost and lonely and searching for more. Looking for something else that will satisfy, looking for somehow to recapture the glory they once had, and something that will scratch their competitive itch. Much like the now famous Tom Brady interview on 60 Minutes, where he declares “there has to be more than this;” after he had won three super bowls, signed a $60 million dollar contract and married the top supermodel in the world, we are reminded that things of this world will never fully satisfy. As Christians we remember:
- Life is Only Found in Christ (John 10:10) That all longings and pursuits outside of Christ will only lead us empty.
- Treasures on Earth Will Fade (Matthew 6:19-21) But that there are treasures to pursue and store up that will never fade or be destroyed.
- We Were Made For Eternity (Ecclesiastes 3:11) The longing in our hearts and lives are meant to remind us that this is not our home, we were meant for another place.
Augustine said it best when he declared:
“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”
Looking into he lives of todays heroes we are reminded that no amount of money, sex, power or fame will every satisfy. There is One who will satisfy and we were made for Him!
“Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
vanity of vanities! All is vanity.”
~ King Solomon