People across the country were startled to learn of the death of TV personality, Anthony Bourdain. Mr. Bourdain hosted documentaries on Television for about 2 decades. Often these centered on some unusual foods or restaurants. To most observers, he had a life that many people would really like to have. But on Friday, the former Executive Chef was found dead, seemingly by his own hand.
Most people have some kind of goals in their lives. If a person were to ask 100 people off the street about their goals, the first answers they may get would be related to money, and some of life’s “necessities”. (food, clothing, shelter, and transportation. ) Then there would be words about a long and healthy life, security for their children, and perhaps a foggy reference to world peace.
These are pretty worthwhile targets in life. I personally hope to have fun, and be healthy, while avoiding what has been called “the poor house”. But there are so many people in this world who have enough of these things to last a couple of lifetimes, and yet they wake up each morning not sure they even want to leave their home.
This is not a new situation. When the Savior walked the earth 2,000 years ago, He spoke not only with the poor and the sick but also with the wealthy. There was a Rich young ruler, and also a well-off tax collector named Zacchaeus who came to Jesus because they realized that there is a place in one’s heart that wealth and celebrity cannot fill. CS Lewis wisely wrote: “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
Songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman was one of many to speak of “the Great Adventure” of a life that has God as the foundation.
So, Christ offers an invitation to “Come unto me…”, and if you are feeling overwhelmed, or just kind of empty, then maybe this is the moment to accept His invitation, ask Christ to forgive your sin, and receive wholeness through Him.