It’s RARE I have a morning alone. But today is one of those blessed days. I mean, I love my kiddos and my man — don’t get me wrong — but the kids spent the night at Aunt Jessica’s (after a day of negotiating and some serious 10-year old manipulation. That kid should be a lawyer!), and the husband had an early morning appointment with a pool.
So, I’ve had some time to study and plan and reflect (and clean) and the Lord has softly spoken to my heart and asked me to share. I’ll make this quick because the troops will march back home any minute.
Jesus is my first love. I don’t understand exactly how He has won me over, but He has. By His grace. Because heaven knows I’m self-centered and arrogant and without the grace of God I’d be a hot mess. But His pursuit is real and the more I surrender, the more I change. And this morning I can honestly say that more than anything in life I desperately WANT EVERYTHING God has for me. I want to know Him. I want to be used by Him. I want to make a difference in the lives of people around me for His glory. I really do. My heart aches toward that goal everyday. And I’m asking Him for it. Finally.
I don’t always obey. I don’t always get it. I fail more than I even want to think about. I’m so far from perfect and so far from being like Jesus I don’t even know how any of it is possible, but it IS what I want.
Here’s what hit me as I was watering some plants on my balcony: MOST people don’t. My heart physically hurts this morning, burdened by the reality that most people I interact with on a daily and weekly basis, at their core do not care about what God wants for them. At least not enough for it to matter.
Many of them are Christians. At least they say or think they are one.
It makes me so sad. Sad is the best word to describe it. Not like a “You’re so sad you make me sick” attitude. No. A genuine sadness born out of God’s love for others. He so beautifully and willingly wants people’s hearts, wants to bless, wants to give, wants to have a relationship with them, wants to change them, wants to heal them, wants to give them a life of purpose and abundance, wants to LOVE them — but no.
People don’t want what God wants. People don’t really want God. They may want the blessings of God, but they don’t really want Him and they don’t want more than anything else the things He wants.
And I’m guilty too.
Which also makes me sad.
There are days that I MORE want success in business, affirmation from people and security in life. Safety. Comfort . The American Dream. I want those things sometimes. But, once God gets a true hold on your heart and His truth has penetrated your mind, you can’t really stay there. You go back to Him and slowly but surely your desires change and you just want Him.
I don’t know how it all looks. I don’t know how it all will work itself out. I just know that with every fiber of my being I want all God has for me and I want it for you too.
What do you really want?