Monday, March 28, 2011

I Want...A Lot!

Have you ever asked yourself, "What do you want?" In an exercise of honest self-discovery, I realized, I want a lot! I learned, for starters:

  • I want to be the best disciple of Jesus Christ I can be.
  • I want to be the very best husband in the world.
  • I want to be the best dad to a son.
  • I want to be the best dad of a daughter.
  • I want to be the best friend I can be.
  • I want to be the best dog owner.
  • I want to be the best pastor I can be.
  • I want to be the best saxophonist I can be.
  • I want to be the best softball player I can be.
  • I want to be very, very good cook, especially on outdoor equipment.

    I could have gone on, but I stopped there. Will I get all of this stuff? Life is short, you know? I believe it's a good thing to turn to Scripture for an answer. I am reading, almost exclusively, from the Psalms and Proverbs these days (except for Bible studies or church sermons when I absolutely have to read somewhere else). These Wisdom books are just so meaty to me in my life right now, I just tend to camp out on these great passages. Psalm 145 is wonderful. I encourage you to read all of it, today. Among it's many wonderful verses is one that spoke particularly to my issue:

    "You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing." v. 16 (NASB)

    What an amazing God we serve! I don't know about you, but sometimes, I feel a little low and a little pessimistic about life, the world, and my present state. However, when I re-evaluate my situation in light of passages like Psalm 145, I remember I serve a gracious and merciful God. Situations and circumstances are seen in a brand new light.

    What do I want? What should I want? I can want anything I want! But ultimately, I hope I want what He wants - the Glory of His kingdom.

    God has always taken care of me, no matter what. I am not sure why I lose that perspective sometimes. He has been so good to me. I will praise His name. I am tremendously blessed.

    What do you want? How can I help you? Better, how do you believe the God who created us will help you?

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