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I posted this back in 2008 and thought it was worth a re-post since he is making another Super Bowl appearance.

[youtube]YdcJSsRfL8s[/youtube]When Tom Brady was interviewed a couple of weeks ago on 60 Minutes, even the interviewer was surprised by what he said at the end. You may be a little surprised as well, but if you are honest with yourself, you feel the same way. I know I do. We just don’t talk about it- especially in Christian circles. But apparently Bono feels the same way because one of the most well known songs of the last 30 years is the classic U2 hit “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. Everybody knows it and everybody sings along when they hear it.

I believe in the Kingdom Come
Then all the colors will bleed into one
But yes I’m still running
You broke the bonds
You loosened the chains
You carried the cross
And my shame
And my shame
You know I believed it
But I still haven’t found
What I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found
What I’m looking for

It is what CS Lewis calls that “inconsolable secret” or longing that we all feel in life; that feeling that won’t go away- that there must be something more out there for us. In Mere Christianity he distills it down to this one thought provoking statement- “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

That in itself is enough to make you stop and think about that universal feeling of, for lack of a better word, “moreness”. We all have that inconsolable longing for “more” that we think will eventually be satisfied by doing more things or getting more stuff. Since I doubt that anyone reading this will ever reach the status of Tom Brady in terms of worldly accomplishment, fame, wealth and even power, we are likely to fall into the trap of thinking that if I just had a life like his or _______ (fill in the blank), I would be satisfied. But the testimony of Brady and countless others that “have it all” is that nothing in this world satisfies that desire for “more”.

As Americans, we are masters at doing and getting more. Our entire culture is built on this materialistic principle. But what if, as Lewis, says, we are indeed made for more, but the best we can do in this life is get little glimpses and feelings of it? In his amazing essay “The Weight of Glory”, Lewis explores this with a clarity and depth that is his trademark and genius. If you’ve never read it, put it on your short list and order it from Amazon or pick it up at Borders. You may have to read it several times to really get all that is there, but it is worth the time.

In speaking of this desire for our own far-off country, which we find in ourselves even now, I feel a certain shyness. I am almost committing an indecency. I am trying to rip open the inconsolable secret in each one of you—the secret which hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence; the secret also which pierces with such sweetness that when, in very intimate conversation, the mention of it becomes imminent, we grow awkward and affect to laugh at ourselves; the secret we cannot hide and cannot tell, though we desire to do both. We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it, and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of a name.

When Lewis wrote this, he was writing primarily of the longing that Christians still feel even though they know and are known by God in some measure. But there is a distinction to be made between what a believer feels and what an unbeliever feels. The unbeliever longs for a sense of meaning, purpose and significance that only a relationship with Jesus Christ can give. There is that desire to make the temporal nature of life eternally significant. The Christian feels this as well, but on a different level also longs for the consummation and perfection of his relationship with Christ.

It doesn’t matter whether you are Tom Brady or the Apostle Paul, God made you for Himself and all the experiences of life point to that fact- the desire for more that is never satisfied in this life- The Inconsolable Longing.

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith- that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:7-14

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