Survey says…..Do you like to take surveys? I do. Recently, I took a survey about insurance providers. I know that sounds boring but what is interesting about this survey is the last question. Here is the question.
“All in all, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the way things are going today in your life?”
- very satisfied
- somewhat satisfied
- somewhat dissatisfied
- very dissatisfied
This question made me stop and think. First, why is this question part of an insurance survey? Second, what do I think about my life?
If a survey is given asking people if they would like to have more money, we would probably all say yes. Have you ever noticed though, people who have a lot of money seem to be miserable. So I don’t think satisfaction can be found in how large your bank account is or is not.
Yesterday, I had some issues with my job. The first thing that comes to my mind (and probably yours too) is I need a new job. Would that bring satisfaction to my life? Probably not because every workplace has its on set of problems. Although, sometimes a different job is needed to save your sanity.
Over the Thanksgiving holidays our furnace quit working. Also, a pipe sprung a leak in the wall at my mother’s house. So I spent my Thanksgiving vacation waiting on furnace technicians and plumbers. So am I satisfied at that moment with my life? Not really.
I can rate my life very satisfied when I am around my granddaughters especially when they are dancing and laughing.
In the survey question, the key word is “today.” Circumstances and problems can cause you to check the box in the survey as dissatisfied or very dissatisfied. Circumstances change daily in my life. I don’t believe this question would ever be answered the same each day.
We are in for a roller coaster ride if we let circumstances dictate our satisfaction. So how can we answer that survey question with a resounding “very satisfied?” Keep your focus on God.
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
Living “under the circumstances” is not a place we want to be especially if we can “soar on wings like eagles.” No matter what the circumstances God is in control.
So how would you answer the survey question?