Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation.”
For countless people, the mind is not at rest. Their emotions and spirits are not at peace.
I know a man for whom everything is going wrong. He is not enjoying life - he’s always miserable and troubled.
His wife and children are leaving him. His business is going down. He’s full of debts.
His life is in turmoil. Very emotionally messed up - drinking in bars and going home drunk quite often.
Oh there’s one thing I failed to mention - he is persisting in his continuing infidelity and sexual addiction. And, there is no rest and sleep for him.
After a few therapy sessions with his wife, he has been knowing more deeply about the true state of his mind and feelings as well as his self-sabotaging addictions.
But this man isn’t listening or learning; he is just plain stubborn about his vices and dysfunctions.
No wonder his self, his life, is in shambles. He has no rest in his mind. He has no peace in his emotions.
Do you see how your choices determine the degree of joy, rest, and peace you’ll enjoy in your life?
The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation - trying to fill their inner void with all sort of choices, with everything ... except the only thing.
Apart from Truth and reality, there is no real knowing. Apart from the Life and the Way, there is no real living.
Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6).