The Illusion of Next

For many of us, the desire to move forward and progress is a part of our DNA. We assume that whatever is next will bring us greater fulfillment than our current circumstances provide. Maybe we think a new job or a promotion is what we need. Maybe it’s buying a new house or a new car. Maybe it’s becoming a parent or having our kids move to the next stage of life. Regardless of the specifics, we assume that obtaining what’s next will satisfy our longings and desires.

But next can be a dangerous illusion. It has the potential to keep us fixated on what we don’t have and rob the present of significance. What’s more, it reveals a dark truth about the source of our satisfaction. If we’re always waiting for what’s coming next to satisfy us, then God will never be enough.

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