Today on Oprah radio, I heard a short part of a dialogue between Russell Brand and Oprah. Russell Brand is a British comedian who was briefly married to the pop music star, Katy Perry. Oprah asked the question if one can ever get over an addiction like to drugs or sex and Russell made a statement that really got me to thinking. It went something like this.
“Addicts are usually very sensitive people who realize they are not connected spiritually and are looking for that feeling from the addictive substance or behavior.”
Never thought of it that way. Kind of puts a different spin on the whole addiction thing. Most of us have had experience with an addict or an addiction, or know someone who does, true? They are usually very loveable, attractive, seductive, and charming personalities. They make you laugh and they make you cry. But deep down inside, like so many of us, they are hurting and they usually don’t know why. So they seek solace and connection in something or someone that temporarily comforts their souls.
Some choose alcohol. Others choose smoking, drugs, food, gambling, sex, work, exercise, approval. The list goes on and on. In fact, anything done to excess can be an addiction. And that includes relationships as well. Nothing, not even a relationship, is meant to be a substitute for God.
We all have a spiritual need, a void, a hunger deep down inside. God made us that way; to long for connection. We try and fill this need with so many different things, but only one person will truly fulfill that desire and He is God. Sooner or later most of us come to this realization, usually after we hit rock bottom in some or many areas of our lives. Even the wisest man on earth, King Solomon, came to this conclusion when he said:
“Meaningless! Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!” (Ecclesiastes 1:2).
Is there anything in your life that you need to feel fulfilled? Whole? At peace? The first step is to realize we are all made the same and we all have the same need. We have all been hurt but God wants us to be healed and whole. As I say in my book, “When we are ready to meet God, He is ready to meet us.” Are you ready?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post so write me back and until next time, keep looking up!