Ben Stein once said, "The first step to getting the things you want out of life is to ”Decide what you want." This sounds obvious, but the fact of the matter is that many folks can't articulate what they want, beyond some vague desire to "be happy." 

When we invest time thinking about what we really want, we learn some things. First, we learn that we don't really want what we think we want — at least not enough to do something about it. We don't want to be healthy enough to give up unhealthy food; we don't want a good family life enough to give up drinking; we don't want to change the world enough to sacrifice a little money.
We also learn that many of our wants are in conflict with one another. We want financial peace but we also want to spend  ourselves silly according to our whims; we want to be leaders but we also want to be the most popular; we want to be spiritual but we also want to hold on to our favorite sins.

David wrote, "Take delight in the Lord and he will give you your heart's desires." (Psalm 37:4) 

Putting God first empowers us to prioritize our wants — to eliminate the ones that don't belong on the list, to focus on the things that truly matter. What do you want, really want? Is it enough to do something about it, enough to do without something else? Is it in line with the desires of God's heart? Do you know what it is?

I encourage you to spend some time evaluating yourself, identifying the real desires of your heart. Then bring them to God. Lay them at his feet; let him open the windows of blessing in your life.


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