When You Run Out of Reasons to Keep Trying

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Several years ago, the Swedish computer programmer Markus “Notch” Persson released the first version of his extremely popular video game “Minecraft.” It is the second-best selling video game of all time, with more than 100 million copies sold in the world.

In September of 2014, he sold his company and ownership of Minecraft to Microsoft for 2.5 billion dollars. Surely all that money and fame has made him happy, right?

In answer to this question, take a look at what Persson posted to Twitter on August 29, 2015: “The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.” Persson followed with this post to Twitter: “Hanging out in Ibiza [Spain] with a bunch of friends and partying with famous people, able to do whatever I want, and I’ve never felt more isolated.” Shortly after this, he tweeted, “In Sweden, I will sit around and wait for my friends…, watching my reflection in the monitor.”

King Solomon could have identified with Persson and his struggle to find true meaning in the midst of great riches and fame. Solomon was so wealthy that he “made silver as common as stones in Jerusalem” (1 Kings 10:27). This mostly likely is a hyperbole (an exaggerated statement not meant to be taken literally). However, it is an adequate illustration of just how phenomenally rich Solomon was. Despite this, the king wrote that “whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 5:10).

Years later, Jesus Christ said that “a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). The only way to find true satisfaction in life is to desire intensely to know God’s will and put it into practice in our lives. Jesus referred to this truth with the words, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6).

Only God can give our lives true meaning!

–Jerry Falk