Your Heart’s Desire

Ben Stein said, “The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.” Sounds obvious, but the fact is that many people can’t articulate what they want, beyond the vague desire to “be happy.”

When we invest time thinking about what we really want, we learn some things. First, we learn that we don’t really want what we think we want — at least, not enough to do something about it. We don’t want to be healthy enough to give up unhealthy food; we don’t want a good family life enough to give up golf; we don’t want to change the world enough to sacrifice a little money.

We also learn that many of our wants are in conflict with one another. We want financial peace, but we also want to spend according to our whims; we want to be leaders, but we also want to be ever popular; we want to be spiritual, but we also want to hold on to our favorite sins.

David wrote, “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you your heart’s desires.” (Psalm 37:4) Putting God first empowers us to prioritize our wants — to eliminate the ones that don’t belong on the list, to focus on the things that truly matter.

What do you want, really want? Do you desire it enough to do something about it, or enough to do without something else? Is it in line with the desires of God’s heart?

I encourage you to spend some time evaluating yourself, identifying what really are the desires of your heart. Then bring them to God. Lay them at his feet and let Him open the windows of blessing in your life.

With love,

Roy Ice