Christlife Posture: Trusting God's Wisdom

Topic: What Am I Trusting to Bring Satisfaction?

Suggested Approach: Choose 1 thing from each of the three boxes

OR Choose 1 from Media or Reflection + 1 from Scripture 

Media Excursions   Watch/read/listen and be ready to discuss Q's            

Video Image

  • Thirst from Seven Last Words (Cathie Boyd)  This film shows the contrast between what we perceive is happening around us and what we actually experience.  How have you experienced that contrast in your own life? How does the filmmaker bring resolve to the contrast?  Where have you found resolve?

Video 

  • Skit: greed/Harmony (Skit Guys) This video pokes fun at two ways we try to gain satisfaction.  What are the pitfalls of looking to them for ultimate satisfaction? 

  • Can't Get No Satisfaction (Central Films) What thoughts does this video prompt about where you find satisfaction? How satisfying are the places you turn to? 

Song

  • Celebrate the Day (Relient K)  What role does turning to other things play in your own “lack of persistency”? Where can you see growth over your last year? If you can’t, why do you think you have remained stagnant?

Blog/Article

Video Teaching

  • Habits (Be the Bee #79) How have the patterns you have set in your life contributed to the pathways you take to seek satisfaction? What insight stands out to you from the story of the trees?

Reflection Options  

Journal  (Reflect on one or more of these questions)

  • We might look for satisfaction in our spiritual success, college achievement, a career path, marriage or romantic relationships, sexual experiences, job completion/retirement or a host of other things.  Take a minute and analyze what things you most often turn to for satisfaction. How satisfied are you with what you turn to?

  • Journal about the most satisfying encounters you have had with God in prayer, bible study, fellowship or worship.  Reflect on why you might not turn there as often as you would like.

Quote Interaction (Interact by agreeing, disagreeing or otherwise engaging with the quote/quotes)

  • The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I've always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It's been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. (Michael Jordan)

  • Young people are threatened... by the evil use of advertising techniques that stimulate the natural inclination to avoid hard work by promising the immediate satisfaction of every desire. (Pope John Paul II)

  • Living big and joyful and content is almost always the result of our finding satisfaction in life's ordinary day-to-day pleasures. And God must be fond of them, too, for He made so many of them for us to enjoy.  (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

  • I can't get no satisfaction. (Mick Jagger)

Reading & Reflection from the book, Shaping The Journey of Emerging Adults:

  • Read “Characteristics of Intentionality” (pp. 91-93)  Doing relationships well requires intentionality just as doing life well requires it.  Where do you lack intentionality in looking for satisfaction from God and His gifts as the source of satisfaction rather than being led by your desires?

  • Read “Enabling Submission” (pp. 95-97) Where does self protection tend to turn you away from the shelter of the Father?

  • We might look for satisfaction in our spiritual success (p. 133), a career path/earning power (p. 112), marriage or romantic relationships (p. 149), sexual experiences (pp. 176-178), job completion/retirement (p. 217) or a host of other things.  Take a minute and analyze what things you most often turn to for satisfaction.

 Explore Scripture

Meditate on one or more of the following passages. Always look them up in context.  Take some time to really explore the verse in relation to this topic.  How does the Bible talk about finding satisfaction?  Make a note of what you discover to share later.  See "Learn More About Ways to Study Scripture" below for help in getting the most out of the verse.

  • Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8

  • Psalm 103:1-5

  • Isaiah 41:21-24

  • Isaiah 58:11

  • Habbakuk 3:16-18

  • Luke 10:38-42

  • John 6:35

  • John 10:10

  • Hebrews 13:5-9