In a previous post I discussed Tom Brady’s statement on 60 Minutes saying that he hadn’t found deep, lasting satisfaction in three Super Bowl titles. As Shay said this morning in the message, “If Tom Brady can’t find satisfaction in his career, his dating life, and his money, then why do you think that you will find it in the same kinds of things?” I doubt you’ll do better than him in any of those areas.

When I read quotes from people who have attained great worldly success, they confirm to me that Jesus is the only one who can truly satisfy my soul. Here are a few more to chew on…

“The care of $200 million is enough to kill anyone. There is no pleasure in it.”

W. H. Vanderbilt, Railroad Magnate

“I am the most miserable man on earth.”

J. J. Astor, America’s first millionaire

“I have made millions, but they have brought me no happiness.”

John D. Rockefeller, Founder of Standard Oil and America’s first billionaire

“Millionaires seldom smile.”

Andrew Carnegie, Founder of Carnegie Steel that later became U. S. Steel

“I was happier when doing a mechanic’s job.”

Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company

These quotes are good reminders that “stuff” doesn’t satisfy. It’s interesting that many people (maybe all of us) don’t seem to learn that truth until they attain their dream. It’s when they get what they’ve been striving for that they realize how empty it truly is.

Psalm 73:25-26 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.

26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.

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