Why Self-Help Won't Save You

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Fulfilment, peace, joy, contentment, truth, discovering-who-you-are – these things are so familiar to us and yet what they actually mean is often so elusive. Their pursuit can feel so draining. In fact, they get thrown around so much in our culture that you’d be forgiven for feeling like they’d become totally meaningless. How would you even recognise them if you found them?

The search for these things can often prove so arduous that it’s easy to feel burnt out and jaded – to bounce from one self-help book to the next feeling less and less hopeful that you will ever find what you’re looking for. Often the solutions on offer seem to make out like life is all about me. But perhaps the important thing in life isn’t about thinking about ourselves and our own happiness, but is about thinking about the Person who we were made for.

At Chapel Hill, we think the best way, the only true way, to realise fullness in our lives is by knowing Jesus as our God. As the Apostle Paul said in the Book of Acts “in him we live and move and have our being.” Beauty, truth, goodness, fullness, life itself – at heart all these things take shape in the God who made the heavens and the earth.

We don’t have any secrets or life-hacks, but we know in our bones that faith is the context in which we can make sense of the world in all its rational complexity, beauty and awe. We don’t make up the truth, but we know we can find it in Jesus – who said it best when he said “come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”

Luke Tucker