I call this “the revolving door approach to happiness.” This is where you are constantly trying to fill the emptiness in your heart with new things, while simultaneously expunging the old that never satisfied your insatiable heart to begin with. It is a never-ending cycle. You are not growing spiritually; you are stagnant, with a constant yearning to fill the emptiness that still remains. The reason for this is simple; the filling and refilling of our hearts with the things the Bible tells us are temporary never satisfies the emptiness. In fact, they leave us hungering and thirsting for more. We were made to worship God, not ourselves. So if we are thinking temporary, we will make a temporary choice, but if our minds are set on the eternal, we will make a much different one. We have to pray and follow the Holy Spirit's leading, or we will choose our own desires every time because that is our natural state.
A true sense of fulfillment can ONLY be found in Jesus Christ. Where the world only makes the cravings worse; the righteousness of Christ satisfies the emptiness of our hearts. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” Blessed is how Christ defines happiness. How do you?