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Humanity loves pleasure. It is innate in our being. But at some point along our history as a culture- in America especially- we have become seekers of pleasure. This is a terrible problem. We are feverishly running toward something to numb us from pain. We want to fill our lives and our schedules with things that make US happy. We constantly think about the fun we will have at this and that or try to fill every evening with some enjoyable activity. How often to we think “today, how may I serve the world?” “how might I use a talent I have to bring someone to God or to make the world a better place?”
Pleasure seekers are sadly slaves to their own negative spirits. They feel a need for something and strive to fill it with busy-ess and parties and people and drinking and gluttony. They live for the weekend, because nothing good can come from working during the day. The pleasure seekers push out anything that is uncomfortable or that may cause them to grow and learn in the process.
Letting pleasure drive us will ultimately undo us. If all we ever do is follow what makes us happy, we will be led down various paths and follow various characters who look interesting at the time. But with no focus and no direction toward developing a gift or reaching an ultimate goal will only lead us to chase ourselves and desires.
So I challenge you to sit outside yourself and look objectively at your heart. Do you desire pleasure constantly? Are you afraid of hurting or experiencing real emotions? Do you constantly fill yourself with yourself? Is the whole of your mental capacity existing of thoughts about what you would like to do and how you will get farther in your pursuits? If it is, then it might be time to seriously evaluate your direction in life. If you aren’t directed in a spiritual way, the realization that you can’t take it with you may eventually completely unravel you.