Most of us begin by thinking the world can make us happy. But if we reach maturity, both spiritual and emotional, we realize that we were made for something higher, something more akin to our hearts truest longings. The body gets the most from this world, but our soul needs something else, someone else—and that someone is God. Without God, our hearts are restless and unsatisfied. Sadly, many try to bury this longing with more and more of the world. In the end, it does not work. We need God, our heart’s truest longing and the fulfillment of all our desires.
John Lewis is a chain of English department stores. Each year, they produce a great Christmas commercial. In this commercial, a little penguin teaches us the lesson of our heart’s truer longings and the inability of the world to satisfy us. The surprise ending of the commercial is that the lesson is in us, not the penguin.
4 Replies to “A Higher Love – As Seen in a Christmas Commercial”
Love it! Thanks for posting.
Yes, it’s true that “worldly” happiness is attainable but (as I perceive in your post), why settle for that when, for more effort (but effort worth doing) one can have something higher. Surely, we are worthy of this.
Reminds me of the “Casting Crowns” song about being being worthy of more than surviving but being made to thrive. Went off my paradise island in the Pacific to the mainland to see them in Abbotsford (near Vancouver and North East of Seattle a bit) during their “Thrive” tour.
Slept in the car in the ferry line up waiting for the first ferry off the continent. Made it more of an adventure.
Sometimes wonder if the line, in the song, about going from survival to thriving may have been inspired by the title of the Alanon book; “From Survival to Recovery”
THANKS, BARBARA, THAT IS BEAUTIFUL ! !
St. Augustine said something similar in the 5th Century –
THOU HAST MADE US FOR THYSELF, O LORD,
AND OUR HEARTS WILL FIND NO REST UNTIL
WE REST IN THEE ! !
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