I remember the movie as a kid. A boy named Bastian acquired a book with a story that claims to have no ending. It turns out that Fantasia, the land in the book needs a savior and the only person capable of saving the day was none other than Bastian himself. Thus he was transported in the book, saved the book world and lived happily ever. That is, after Bastian sends the mystical dragon that looks a lot like a dog to literally trash the neighborhood bullies.
Thus was the story within a story called the neverending story. It never does end since the story in the book was connected to Bastian’s story. The story really is never ending.
Yet, for all we know, there are a lot of never ending stories. We cannot deny the fact that we also take part in a never ending story. We take part in an endless story of desire and want.
During economics class in high school, tells us of the law of supply and demand, the more. The term Diminishing Marginal Utility is said to lead to dissatisfaction. Simply put by our instructor back then, as you acquire an object, the joy and satisfaction it brings you decreases as you use it.
I may not be an economics major to verify the veracity of the term, yet it still is true. We never get satisfied with one object. We get one cellphone and as we see the latest version come out we find our current cellphone unsatisfactory. It’s an endless cycle.
Sure, your cellphone, laptop, car, oven, electric fan, or book may seem satisfactory at the moment, but given time, we seem to desire another and another. It’s our never ending story that could be summed up in one word – greed.
Jeremiah even attest to that in chapter 6, verse 13: “From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.”
No exceptions. Even the little kids running around the streets are included. I have been around kids most of my working life to know that this is true. Most fights start from who owns what and who owns more. It’s greed in the making. Parent’s don’t turn a blind eye, it’s just that they too seem to act and talk the same way.
And it’s not just greed. It’s also lust, gluttony, apathy, despair, extravagance, sloth, pride, envy, vanity and many others. They are our never ending story. They never seem to end in our lives one way or another. We know these as the seven deadly sins yet their basis is just one – selfishness.
“For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” – James 3:16
No one is to blame but us, yet there is a way to end the story and jump into another never ending story.
“Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.” – Psalm 119:36
When we turn towards God’s statutes, his law and love, we find ourselves thinking several things:
1. We don’t need anything else other than God. “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Cor. 9:8
2. We find ourselves small and insignificant in the eyes of God. Thus, no one is above or better than ourselves. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3
3. We find comfort that all our needs could be given to us by God. “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
Let us therefore seek God and his never ending story.