We Americans particularly have lots of wants, lot of desires. We live in a consumer society. What we want is neither good nor bad until we place one of two values on it.
The desire is either frivolous and fleeting or foundational and a footing to our next step in life.
It’s obvious that when we say we want or desire some Bluebell ice cream that it’s not going to rock our world if we don’t get some. In fact, we can say in one moment that sure would like a scoop of Rocky Road chocolate ice cream and a minute later think what that will do to our waist line and say, never mind.
Have you been there?
And how many times have we really wanted to meet someone that we’ve heard about only to meet them and discover that it’s not what we really wanted in a relationship. Why did we want her as a friend? Such desires are fleeting. However, on the other hand, there are some desires that are critical and foundational to our journey of life.
In this category would be the desire to know who we are and from whence we came.
The distinctions between those desires that are fleeting and foundational are the concepts of objective and subjective desires. Things that we want (cars, shoes, etc.) are most often fleeting whereas relationships that we want (with people and Creator) are foundational. We were created for relationships: vertical and horizontal.
Have you thought about which desires you’re pursuing the most?