The combination of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have led the New England Patriots to seven Super Bowls, and now have the chance to win their fifth.
With that I say, haven’t they already won enough? What do they still have to prove? Aren’t they satisfied with four rings? Will one more do it?
The Cleveland Cavaliers are presently in pursuit of back to back NBA Championships, and LeBron is complaining about their roster and demanding improvements so the team can win again.
Remember how joyful LeBron and Cleveland were when they won last June? Has that already worn off? Is one championship not enough? LeBron is chasing his fourth ring because he won two in Miami, but will one more do it?
The motivation behind the very best athletes and coaches in sports is fascinating. One thing they always seem to have in common is wanting more and more. Their strong drive for success and real thirst for winning keeps them chasing after the next championship.
When you consider all that the Patriots and LeBron have accomplished throughout their careers, it’s extremely impressive. Their desire to keep winning and experience the thrill of victory over and over again makes sense. Of course, the best in the world wouldn’t be satisfied or have any interest in stopping.
However, we all must recognize (sooner or later) that any worldly pursuit will never truly satisfy our deepest longings. A Super Bowl is great to win, but if that’s the source of fulfillment, then emptiness is the result.
Ultimately, God designed us to be satisfied in Him above all else. When we follow Jesus, our desire for “more” switches from things that are fleeting to things that are eternal. Our pursuits and accomplishments can be put in their proper place, so our main drive becomes loving and pleasing God.
Determining what we want more of, and what we pursue for fulfillment, is a daily battle. We think one more promotion, one more zero, one more bedroom, one more kid, or one more car will do it. Something is always trying to steal our focus and trick us into thinking it will give us lasting satisfaction.
Instead, we can pursue God above all else and seek to know Him deeply with a hunger that’s described in these verses:
Psalm 63:1 (NLT) – “O God, You are my God; I earnestly search for You. My soul thirsts for You; my whole body longs for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water.”
Psalm 34:8 (NLT) – “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him!”
Jeremiah 29:13 (NLT) – “If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me.”
I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I know any pursuit apart from You will never truly satisfy. I pray my hunger and thirst would be rooted in wanting more of You. Help me to desire things that are eternally good, while experiencing the true joy that’s found in You. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.