What I Really, Really Want

There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them.  There’s the rub.  It takes much of life to figure out what we want in life.  Sometimes, after we decide, we find time and opportunity are past.  Solomon spoke of the cruelties of the clock and circumstance in describing how even the very wise cannot foresee all ends.

Sometimes, we think we know what we want, only to find our desires ill-advised.  Blame it on youth or inexperience, if you will, but it’s hard to know the future before you are there.  If we are fortunate enough to achieve set objectives, we may find them unsatisfactory, at least not living up to advanced billing.  In such cases, we are left with a sense of wondering dissatisfaction as to why we set our caps in the first place. 

Occasionally, strivings are injurious.  In other words, some attempt masteries to their detriment.  We want things that are not good for us.  While this is another eventuality best seen in arears, we take lessons from other lives in forging our paths.  Some things are hurtful on the face while others are matters of application.  None of the sons of Adam will be able to say truthfully that they have not been their own enemies in their lifetimes.

We change our minds.  Goals and plans are made with values in view.  Since our lives involve more than one thing, we prioritize and choose between ideals.  As moments become days and days years, the things that seem poignant and pressing, likewise, evolve.  Most journeys involve more than one step, and we may find our leanings changing on the staircase.  Most will find their ascent in life uneven if an ascent it be at all.

We will wear ourselves out reaching for the unreachable star.  I am one who believes there are things worth the effort if it be a fool’s hope.  I’m not being trite.  Some causes are so great that they command involvement which will not benefit the toilers.  While profit may be sure, the spoils may go to others or rewards follow the attempts into eternity.  The question of true desires is front and center for those who build bridges they will never cross.

It would seem certain that people would act in their best interests, but experience and observation teach otherwise.  Time and again, people will employ in unwise and unprofitable pursuits if funds allow (or if they don’t).  There is, also, the matter of what we say we want and what we actually want, as well as, the differences between temporary desires and permanent needs.

There are only two motivators in life:  fear of loss and desire for gain.  These apply financially, physically, spiritually and eternally.  We want to better our positions, not worsen our prospects.  Our concerns for friends, family and society are parts of our dreams for betterment.  We will only have achieved what we really want if we have satisfied our basic needs and been a positive force in the world.  Our influence in this world follows us into the next.

In an interview, singer, Helen Reddy, was asked for what she would like to be remembered.  She replied, “I don’t care if I’m remembered at all.”  Going on, Reddy said she hopes to have contributed to worthwhile causes which are worth remembrance.  Deeds are not less worthwhile because they are unpraised.  I should say not lauded by men because nothing escapes the eye of God.

Peter Marshall said, “It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.”  What I really want out of life is to be involved in God’s forever plan.  Though it may not always seem beneficial in the short term, His word and will are not void.  All of God’s plans come to fulfillment and fruition.

As Jesus was satisfied with His work, so may we be if we aim our efforts at eternity.


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