Devotional

“Men suffer more from imagining too little than too much.” – P.T. Barnum

The Greatest Showman is based on the story of legendary circus creator, P.T. Barnum.  Even as a young boy, P.T. Barnum had visions and dreams about his future. He had this longing, this drive, to make something more for himself and family. And that’s the theme that drives a lot of the story – the lure of wealth and success. Eventually he found some success with a troupe of performers. But he really hit it big when he launched a tour of one of the best singers in Europe, and that’s when everything started to change. He was making millions. He was hobnobbing with the upper class. He had finally made it. But then he learns the hard way that you can’t have it all and sometimes what you think you want is not what you need.   

If we are being honest, we are not all that different. Many of us have learned from painful experiences that we were looking for love, joy and fulfillment in all the wrong places. We have all spent time searching for a sense of significance and security. Whether we find it or not depends where we are looking. We need to look no further than Jesus Christ. 

The problem is sometimes we treat Jesus like an app on our phone. When we’re not getting what we think we need from Him, we close Him down. We look for fulfillment in another app. But there is no alternative app. Jesus is the operating system to a fulfilled life. He needs to be at the center of your life, directing everything. That’s how your focus shifts from you and what you want, to God and His incredible plan for your life.  

When we follow His plan, we will fulfill the purpose for which we were made. Nothing can bring more joy, peace, and satisfaction tthan this. The reason so many people are plagued with problems, addictions, and regrets is because they were created for one purpose, but are attempting to live for another purpose as the Greatest Showman illustrates.  

No matter what else we do with our lives – even good things – if we miss knowing, loving, fearing, and obeying God, we will have missed His plan and our purpose. It is an amazing thing to discover your purpose and live a fulfilled life in Jesus Christ 

Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you define a fulfilled life? 
  2. What obstacles are keeping you from living a fulfilled life in Jesus Christ?