Have you ever got what you wanted now, only to find out it wasn’t what you wanted later? But now you are stuck as later is always longer.
If we always get our way, we end up getting in our way. Much of the baggage and regret that people carry was at one time something they thought that they just had to have. It’s as if there is a war between what we naturally want and want we ultimately want.
‘Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!”
Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
“Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”‘
(Genesis 25:29-32 NIV)
Esau isn’t the first person to have his appetites and desires eat his values – and he wasn’t the last. I have to confess to being one who has experienced this as well. Most people never take the time to find out what is of ultimate value to them. The kind of things, as author Stephen Covey put it, “that you want said about you at your funeral.” So we go through life guided by our appetites and find that the fruit of this is something other than eternal values such as love, joy and peace etc.
If we would take another look and find out not what it is we want at an instinct level, but want we really want at a heart level. In doing so, we may find also what God wants for us as He wants to gives us the desires of our heart. And a life guided by values will result in the love, joy and peace etc. that everyone craves.
TODAY: TAKE ANOTHER LOOK… think again about what you want.