Is There More To This Discontented Life?

Aaron J. Anderson
6 min readMar 13, 2021

Deflated and disappointed, Cindy was brave enough to confess, “Is this all there is for me in life?” The uninformed observer would have been surprised to hear her ask that question.

On the outside, Cindy had it all: attractive looks, beautiful home, successful husband, and cute kids. But on the inside, Cindy was experiencing an existential crisis that left her with a crushing sadness.

Cindy was a sincere follower of Jesus. How perplexing it is for a Christian to arrive at the place where we disappointedly say to Jesus, “Where is the abundant life you promised?”

This is one of those moments in pastoral work that shaped the way I “preached” to God’s people. Young ministers, who have not tasted the real hardships of life, have a tendency to get on soapboxes to point out the shortcomings of the congregation.

Cindy gave me a vision that has changed the way I write sermons. As I study, pray, and write, I think to myself: “How is this message bringing the light, life, and love of Jesus to the dark sadness someone like Cindy is feeling?”

I have learned to picture Jesus sitting face to face with Cindy, as she asks those piercing questions about her discontented life.

I picture Jesus with tender, attentive eyes, listening closely to the lament of her heart. His disposition is never harsh or judgmental. He is not shaken by her questions.

He is also deeply perceptive, wise, and patient in how he lovingly leads Cindy out of her darkness into his gentle, saving light.

The One who calmed the stormy seas can speak hope to the despairing soul.

“A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.”

Jesus has a purpose and destiny for Cindy.

Matthew 12:20 says, “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.”

I know the gentleness of Jesus because I have been on the receiving end of His grace at a dark, confusing time in my life.

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Aaron J. Anderson

CEO of Logos Academy & LogosWorks in York, PA, Dad of 6, Pastor.