Satis House

12 Jan
One of the key buildings of the Charles Dickens novel “Great Expectations” is Miss Havisham’s home “Satis House”. Any Latin scholars amongst you will realise the name of this building is immensely ironic as “Satis” is Latin for “enough” yet throughout this book “Enough House” does not prove enough or satisfactory for any of the characters. We may scoff at the idea of a building being enough to satisfy us but is this not what modern materialistic culture teaches? Is that not what bombards us from our tv screens? “You’ll be happy, successful and good looking if you use this product, drive this car or go to this destination on holidays” is the picture presented by the adverts. Our society is searching for happiness in the wrong place. True satisfaction will only be found in Christ “who brings good news of happiness” (Isaiah 52:7).

Satis House

Yet even Christians can feel unsatisfied. Why is this so? Because even as Christians we can search for happiness in the wrong places. We can begin to think that contentment will be found in wealth, ability or relationships. These things may bring happiness for a time but if this is what you are finding happiness in your peace will not last. Paul writes in Philippians “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content”(Phil 4:11). This kind of satisfaction will only be found in Christ, the satisfaction which remains even when our plans fall to pieces and we face disappointments, which can only be obtained through the humilty to place ourselves fully in Christ’s pierced hands not chasing our Satis House.

A copy less dog-eared than my own!


13 Responses to “Satis House”

  1. Hannah January 12, 2008 at 9:20 pm #

    yeesh,the intellectual standard of these articles is goin up!latin,in-depth charles dickens…

  2. Miss Havisham January 12, 2008 at 9:31 pm #

    Great write.

  3. Anonymous January 15, 2008 at 12:14 am #

    james this is indeed a fancy web-site…and yes i am quite aware that im posting acomment to one ofyour posts but think of this as a general overview of the entire “dont-make-friends-with-salad” affair.
    firstly you need more colour…nothing screams dullness at me more than monotonus colour (ie black)
    secondly the posts in which you refere to “great expectations” (the book that you are currenty studiing in your english class lead by the dictator of the nano-state that is frinds grammer school) my seem to some as a tad, ohh how shall i put it, obsessed?

    well anywho, you have my comments james and i dare say you know who this is and if not then i shall tell you when i turn round to hurl more abuse at you in politics..

  4. James McCullough January 15, 2008 at 7:31 pm #

    Well if one is to spend time studying a book in school I kinda felt I could post something when I saw a parallel with real life.

    Comments much appreciated as always. Reassures me that someone is reading!

    Would people find a different template easier to read?

    And if you think this website doesn’t have much colour try the Covenanter Witness!lol

  5. Abi January 15, 2008 at 11:02 pm #

    good readin james but having spent may long hours at g. expectations cw i fail to share your enthusiasm….

  6. Anonymous January 19, 2008 at 2:34 am #

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  7. Abi January 19, 2008 at 2:56 am #

    hey well i think it is very intelligent and that you did a very grat job!!! well done james!!

  8. Anonymous January 19, 2008 at 2:57 am #

    hey eveyone!!!! lol just want you to know that weight wathers is on this friday night!!! dont miss it or miss out on losing hundreds of pounds!!!!

  9. Anonymous January 19, 2008 at 3:00 am #

    who are you?? where do you belong?? come along this friday and find out what your purpose in life is! are you a loser or a winner…..

  10. James McCullough January 21, 2008 at 6:31 pm #

    Gotta hate spam.

  11. hannah January 23, 2008 at 6:30 pm #

    lol…funny smelling spam,that.

  12. Anonymous February 7, 2008 at 12:46 am #

    My first comment was in jest.

  13. E February 16, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    i like black…………… this is not in jest or spam!!!

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