My wife shared it with me the other day, and it really caught my attention. It was a simple statement – “The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes and say, ‘Help me'” (Billy Graham). That first part really stood out. “The Christian life is not a constant high.” That’s something I think we 21st century Christians have forgotten. I fear we seek that constant spiritual or emotional state where all is, to use a familiar term around here, peachy. All the time. But we forget that Paul said “I know…how to be abased” (Philippians 4:12). We turn a deaf ear to Peter’s words, “For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing” (1 Peter 3:17). And then there are those words of the Savior. “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). Abased. Suffer. Deny self. Daily cross. Definitely not a “constant high,” is it? I think that’s why Christians become unfaithful, give up, or simply fade to black when it comes to service. They look for the constant high, but when suffering comes or the cross is there to pick up, they turn and look for something else. And you know as well as I do that the world, the flesh, and the devil will have something to offer. And that “high” is there. Discomfort is avoided. Life is peachy again. For now. Because anything apart from God and His will brings only a temporary, fleeting feeling, and then you’ll have to be on to the next contentment-less pursuit. The center of God’s will always brings lasting joy, satisfaction, peace, purpose, strength, and Someone to turn to for forgiveness and help. But a constant emotional high? A never-ending spiritual buzz? Not particularly. But that’s ok, because we shouldn’t look for life to always be peachy but rather pleasing to the Master.