Do I Know What I Want?

I like to think I understand what I really want in life. You probably think the same thing about your life. We think we understand what we want in our relationships with our family and friends. We think we understand what we want to accomplish in our vocation. We think we understand what stuff we want to store in our garage and attic. We want to think we know what we want, and we truly believe that what we want for ourselves is truly the best, most life-giving direction for our lives. But at some point we all will face the sobering question, “Do I really know what I really want, and will my wants prove to be the best thing for me?” Just do a little self-assessment. Think back to what you wanted so desperately as a teen. Did you ultimately get what you once wanted? Are you glad you got what you once wanted, or glad that you never got it? Upon further examination, do you find yourself grateful for the unfulfilled wants of your past that you now, years later, realize were a waste of time and energy?

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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1 Response to Do I Know What I Want?

  1. Mac says:

    I most assuredly do not know best what I want. This has been proven often. I was correct on a few things: Yellow Schwinn stingray bicycle, Marvel over DC, Fords over Chevy (the true existential choices) and later investing in theological works instead of eithr cars or comics (or women). Other than that I know it is best to want little. It is better to own Bonhoeffer’s ethics and spend a month trying to really understand his rgument on “the ultimate and the “penultimate” well than it is to buy seven other books by Christians on ethics by those with lesser minds (noted you have been reading that). I know it is best to want what He wants and in order to know that I have to listen and be open. I also have to cultivate my Spirit given gifts wo that when He asks me to do what is best I am ready for this life is supposedly not my own. It’s on loan at best and even that’s a push.

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