The other day I was looking for something. The first store I tried didn't have it but suggested another store. The second didn't have it either and recommended a third. The third gave me directions to the fourth and so on—I finally gave up and drove home empty handed.
Two things came to mind as I mumbled down the road. First, I was thinking I should take a remedial course in the use of a telephone. A few minutes spent there would have saved a lot of work. But second, I considered the parallel with so many people today.
Many in the world are looking for something they cannot seem to find. People search from the bottom of a bottle to the top of the company ladder, from the world of books to the tight circle of friends, from the offbeat religion to the well-respected lodge.
Everybody is looking for a niche, a place where they fit and where life is happy. But most find only the frustration of looking but not seeing, searching but not having.
The world offers a smorgasbord of alternatives, but what they are looking for is Jesus Christ. And that is where we come in. You and I have the supreme delight of saying, "Yes, I have it! I have just what you are seeking."
If we wear our faith day by day, searching people will have a place to look. It is called advertising in the business world and Christlikeness in the family of God. Your life can reflect that peace that comes from having found what you were looking for.
And by the way, that is not a bad way to begin a discussion with someone. Ask them, "What are you looking for in life?" When they are done you can tell them about yours.