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The Beautiful Empty

We live in a world that encourages us to fill our lives with as much as possible, whether with possessions, experiences, or relationships. Besides that, it is in our nature to seek to be full rather than empty. But what if we were to discover that true beauty lies in the emptiness, in the space we create for God to fill?

It’s not that having things in our lives is inherently wrong. God blesses us with many good things, and it’s important to enjoy them and be grateful for them. The problem arises when we become so focused on accumulating things that we forget the emptiness beneath. We try to fill that emptiness with possessions, achievements, or relationships, but none of these things can truly satisfy us.“

“The Beautiful Empty” also may sound like a paradox. No one sees something empty and thinks it is beautiful. Instead, we tend to think it needs to be filled. However, “The Beautiful Empty” is deeply rooted in the Christian faith. It means surrendering ourselves entirely to God, allowing Him to fill us with His love and grace.

We live in a world that encourages us to fill our lives with as much as possible, whether with possessions, experiences, or relationships. Besides that, it is in our nature to seek to be full rather than empty. But what if we were to discover that true beauty lies in the emptiness, in the space we create for God to fill?

As Rick Warren says in his book, The Purpose Driven Life, “You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense.” We were created with a God-shaped hole in our hearts, and no amount of material possessions or worldly success can ever fill it. That’s why many people who seem to have everything they could want – wealth, fame, success – are still unhappy and unfulfilled. They may have filled their lives with everything except the one thing that truly matters: a relationship with God.

Seeking to fill our emptiness with something is just “chasing after the wind,” as the writer of Ecclesiastes puts it. Instead of seeking to escape our emptiness, what if we embrace it?

What do you hold on to as you try to fill your emptiness? It may not be great wealth. It could be status, control, power, or a relationship with someone else. What is it that if Jesus asked you to let go of it, you might just walk away sad? Whatever it is, we must realize that we don’t have a hold of it; it has a hold of us. It is filling up the emptiness that Jesus longs to fill.

Today, would you join me in choosing to embrace “the beautiful empty” of life?

Let us acknowledge our need for God and make space for him to fill us with his love, purpose, and presence.

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