Monday, December 10, 2012

what I'm looking for


Too many people sell themselves short.  All of us have been there when we settle for less than best.  It is like when we compromise so that we can get something over with or avoid pain or not have to deal with confliction.  I’ve come to learn that, like the cliché says, “anything worth having is worth working for”.

Psalm 37:4
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Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

The Christmas season is full of wants and lists.  Our children give us their Christmas wish list that is full of all kinds of stuff.  In fact our lists tell us a lot about who we are and what we are like. 

When we allow God to have first place in our hearts, our desires will change.  That scares many people.  Many conversations happen around this topic because humans are basically selfish people.  We will do whatever it takes to get what we want.  We will go in to debt to have the car or stuff that we want.  We will give in to drugs or sex to get the high or the boyfriend or girlfriend we want.  God’s way is not like that.

God’s way means that we wait on the Lord but waiting on God is not easy.  Have you found that to be true?  Waiting means that we live on His time frame and not ours.  Waiting also means that we have to trust that God knows best what we need and what we want.

Be honest.  Have you ever made a bad choice and ended up with consequences?  We all have.  By waiting on God He changes our hearts, and God promises us that He will give us our heart’s desire if we delight in Him.  To delight is to be satisfied with or to enjoy or to find pleasure in.  I’ve heard another fact that I try to live by as well: sin is only fun for a season.  What I do for my selfish pleasure doesn’t last and comes with less than desirable results.

Ask the question.  Why do I want what I want?  Why will I pay the high price to get what I want?  Those are very telling and insightful questions.  What I’m looking for is not always what is best for me.  Is that true for you as well?

Luke 12:34
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Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Check your heart.  Be honest about what you want.  Let God change your wants.  When God works in us, it is not only better for us and making us stronger, but our lives will impact many more people as they see God in our lives and become part of the blessings that God brings our way as we trust God to give us our heart’s desire.

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