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THE EMPTY AMERICAN DREAM
posted by Brett on 2014-02-28

Have you finally managed to find that life you’ve always dreamed of and yet you still, somehow feel empty?  You’ve worked hard and have busted your tail to get to where you are today and now you’ve finally got that “dream job” or that “dream lifestyle” you’ve always wanted and yet somehow you’re still not satisfied.  You’ve got everything out of life that you ever could have asked for and yet you still fill empty, as though you have nothing.  Where do you go from here?  You’ve spent the last umpteen years pouring everything you have into this so called “American Dream” and now, even the “American Dream” can’t even satisfy you.  You’re at the pinnacle of your career, the peak of your life, that moment when things couldn’t and shouldn’t be any better than what they are and yet they seem so miserable.  All of those years of hard work, all that time, effort and money you’ve poured into this dream of yours, all of it... ALL of it seems wasted.  What do you do now?  

 

As Americans, we’ve ALL heard the the term the “American Dream” and even though some of us don’t even know what that is or why it even exists, we’re still trying to pursue it... everyone of us.  The reason the “American Dream” even exists is because selfless, hardworking men have fought and died, in order to give us the freedoms we have today.  The freedoms to pursue whatever dreams we might come up with.  Our founding fathers fought, in order to protect and give back our God-given rights.  Those rights the being life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  The “American Dream” comes from that pursuit of happiness.  After having fought and won their/our freedom, they no longer had a government telling them what to do and with no one controlling their lives, questions then begin to emerge such as, “What do we do now, now that no ones telling us what to do?”,  “What do I want to do?”, “What makes you happy?”... and so the dreaming begins and thus the “American Dream” was born.  They were now able to pursue that which made them happy.  That in essence is the “American Dream”, the pursuit of that which makes you happy.  The ability to turn these wonderful, fun, creative hobbies into a full-time career and to have the opportunity to get paid doing the very things you love to do.

 

To be able to do what one loves AND get paid for it, is the “dream job”.  This is the one thing that everybody wants in life.  This is the desire of every man’s heart, but what happens when that man has acquired that and even that no longer satisfies him?  What happens when a man gets all that he could have ever wanted or asked for out of this life and still feels empty?

 

I’ve found in life, that we’re not just here to help ourselves and build up our own little empires.  While it’s fun pursuing our own “American Dream” (whatever that may be), at the end of the day I’ve found that you will wind up feeling empty if you’re not helping other people, if you’re not contributing to the wellbeing of this world and those around you.  Regardless of what your view is on how we got here, if you’re not doing something to better the world and those around you, then you’re not doing anything worth doing.  Let me say that again... if you’re not doing something to better the world and those around you, then you’re not doing anything worth doing.  

 

I’ve found, that while our flesh desire’s this pursuit of that which makes you happy, our soul equally desires something more, something greater than ourselves.  There’s something inside the heart of every man that desires to do something far greater than himself, far greater than even his own dreams can take him.  Not only does he want to build up his own little empire, but he also desires to be a part of a grander plan, a kingdom that far outmatches his.  One that has no boundaries and lasts for eternity’s sake.  Internally, his soul realizes that even though his kingdom is big, it’s boundaries still only go so far and will only last for so long.  Every wise man realizes that kingdoms come and kingdoms go.  Men have built huge empires with great dreams and great visions, empires that have lasted hundreds of years, but even those have fallen, only to be replaced by another man’s dreams, by another man’s vision.  Every wise man realizes that his dream will only be so big and will only last so long before it too fades away.  That is why he desires to be a part of something bigger than himself. 

 

What this man really desires, is to be a part

of an everlasting Kingdom, with an everlasting

KING.  

 

“What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?  Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.  The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.  The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.  All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full.  To the place the streams come from, there they return again.  All things are wearisome, more than one can say.  The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.  What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.  Is there anything of which one can say, ‘Look!  This is something new’?  It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.  No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.”

 

Ecclesiastes 1:2-11