A beautiful car, a nice house, a great family, a great tattoo, the right friends; our culture of marketing is constantly trying to define success for us. Social media becomes a giant comparison trap. There is no doubt that hard work, success, and achievement can open some doors. But what happens when what you do starts to define who you are? What happens when success and failure begin to drive how you experience life and how you feel? What is success doing to your heart? What is failure doing to your soul?
Of all the things that can confuse the human heart, money is among the most vexing. We all need it. Most of us want more. But even when we gain more, our appetite isn’t satisfied. Why? Jesus identifies the heart of the problem, and this week, we’ll show you an option that will help curb your longing for more.
Nothing touches us more deeply than the relationships we have with those closest to us. No human bond is stronger than the love for a family member or close friend. They are also the ones who can hurt and disappoint us the most. Why is it that these loving relationships fall apart? How can we love someone so much, only to have that love fade? How come families move from a place of love to disappointment so quickly?
Ever notice that what you think will satisfy doesn’t? Money, success, homes, relationships and even family often promise more than the seem to deliver. You always want more. Why? This week, we’ll introduce you to how idols–even sophisticated idols—work, and why elevating the gift God gives you above the Giver always disappoints.