During the week, at home group we delved into the often-hidden depths of our hearts. It was a search into what we really want and value.
On an honest examination we discover that most of us don’t know what we really want. You see, what we want and value today is not what we want and value tomorrow. How many of us have said, “if only”, or “wrong choice”, or “I shouldn’t have done that”, or “sorry”. Each of those statements is a regret or change of mind. Throughout our life from birth to death our life is full of them. The trouble with us all is our sinful desires for what we want and or value; which has caused every war and dispute.
An interesting statement that was made, was this; ‘as you stand opposite someone arguing and pointing an accusatory finger at them, stop and turn that finger towards yourself and say, “the problem here is that I’m not getting what I want” ’.
So, if we now come to the table with a new list of things we really need rather than want and hand a copy to the person we are engaging, what do you think the result would be? We need to realize that it is not all about us. If we engage someone with the attitude that we want to help satisfy the other person’s need and to accept responsibility for our own actions, would the hate, anger and wars stop?
Isn’t this what Jesus came to teach us? In fact, His very life was dedicated to satisfying our needs NOT our wants and teaching us true values. There is one who knows exactly what each and every one of us needs and He was the one who knitted us together in our mother’s womb.
Perhaps it’s time for us to stop, switch off the outside world and listen to the one who is in us and around us. He has written a master plan for us and each one of us is different with our own individual plan and needs. God wants us, and we need Him. Perhaps we should decide here and now to make what we really want, something that we really need. To find out what we really need, we need to listen to the Maker.
God bless you all