A hot summer afternoon in Orlando is perfect for a cold smoothie. I blend strawberries, bananas, pineapple, a touch of honey and almond milk. I place a glass full before my grands.
Then with no warning, my granddaughter said words that nearly made me giggle with delight.
“Nana,” she said, “you don’t look old like you’re 60. You look like you’re 40 or 48.”
I pulled my shoulders back, lifted my head and gave a huge grin. “Thank you so much sweet thing.”
In an instant, a flood of plans filled my mind—got to try harder to keep wrinkles away and make sure to color the gray.
Than I had a thought and my vanity melted into the smoothie of reality. A seven-year-old child has no clue about how age should be reflected in a person.
But I accepted her comment because of that thing we all have. That thing we tuck way deep inside. That thing called “desire.” We all have the desire to look better, get thinner, stay younger, become healthier, get richer. We long to be significant in some way, to be successful, to have meaning and to live with purpose.
So strong are those desires that often they make us vulnerable to lies from TV commercials, distorted values of the world, and deceptions from those who say what we want to hear.
So what do we do with those desires? God has the sure way to quench them, to satisfy their calling and bring extreme contentment.
Here are three tips right from His Word:
- Delight in His Word night and day. The desire to bring great results, to stay strong and to prosper in all we do will be met. (Psalm 1:1-3)
- Delight in Him and He will give us the desires of our heart. (Psalm 37:4)
- Delight in God’s commandments because …”Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who finds great delight in his commands.” (Psalm 112:2 )
So we echo the psalmist: “Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.” (Psalm 119:35)
Father, The greatest desire is to be blessed by you, for with each of your blessings comes the fulfillment of our deepest longings. In Jesus’ name I thank you, amen.
- What is your greatest desire?
- In what or in whom do you find delight?
- How do you fulfill your desires?
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