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This Week – Desire

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Definition

Desire – Long for, want earnestly, (a thing , a person) Feel loss of, to miss. Express a wish for, ask for, request, a thing or a person.

(Oxford Dictionary)



More often than I would like to admit the word desire is linked to physical passion. I acknowledge that physical desire is a very real thing, but I want to examine the word beyond that aspect. During the dark days of World War II, England had a great deal of difficulty keeping men in the coal mines. It was a thankless kind of job, totally lacking in any glory. Most chose to join the various military services. They desired something that could give them more social acceptance and recognition. Something was needed to motivate these men in the work that they were doing so that they would remain in the mines.

 

Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivered a speech one day to thousands of coal miners, stressing to them the importance of their role in the war effort. He did this by painting for them a mental picture. He told them to picture the grand parade that would take place when VE Day came. First, he said, would come the sailors of the British Navy, the ones who had upheld the grand tradition of Trafalgar and the defeat of the Armada. Next in the parade, he said, would come the pilots of the Royal Air Force. They were the ones who, more than any other, had saved England from the dreaded German Luftwaffe. Next in the parade would come the Army, the ones that had stood tall at the crises of Dunkirk.

Last of all, he said, would come a long line of sweat-stained, soot-streaked men in minor’s caps. And someone, he said, would cry from the crowd, “And where were you during the critical days of the struggle?” And then from ten thousand throats would come, “We were deep in the earth with our faces to the coal.” We are told that there were tears in the eyes of many of those soot laden and weathered faced coal miners. They had been given a sense of their own self-worth by the man at the top. That story begs the question. What are our desires?

We desire self-worth. Just like the Welsh coal miners of that day, we have a deep desire to think we and our work make a difference. It is exceedingly difficult to toil each day with a feeling of worthlessness. Our desire is to be worthwhile and worthy. Such is a very natural and legitimate desire.

We desire recognition. All people have a simple desire to not be invisible to the world.  Most people do not need a recognition ribbon for all they do but do want to be seen and appreciated. There are loads of people who work in literal invisibility. They suffer from their lack of recognition. We are largely responsible for their lack, because we take so much for granted in the world. Whether they are our parents, children or the worker at the grocery, they desire and deserve our recognition.

We desire love. The desire to be loved is perhaps our greatest and most complicated desire. It is one that can drive us into some extremely dangerous ground. We live in a world that has defined love in a very carnal direction. Love is not always carnal. Love is the kind word, the helping hand and the warm smile for which we a yearn. Our society has, in many ways, forgotten about this type of love. The desire for the purity of the love of God stands at the front of the line.

Desire can be used to make us better persons. My hope is that you will channel your desire in a direction that will bring you peace and blessing.



Quotes BannerDo not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”

~~~Epicurus

Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.

~~~Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code

Unsatisfied desire is in itself more desirable than any other satisfaction.

~~~C. S. Lewis

The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for truth.

~~~Irving Langmuir

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.

~~~George Bernard Shaw

The world is little, people are little, human life is little. There is only one big thing — desire.

~~~Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark

Give me a hundred men who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I will shake the world. I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; and such alone will overthrow the kingdom of Satan and build up the kingdom of God on earth.

~~~John Wesley

Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love.

~~~Friedrich Nietzsche

The authority of those who profess to teach is often a positive hindrance to those who desire to learn.

~~~Marcus Tullius Cicero

Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.

~~~William Blake



Scripture BannerWhom have I in heaven but You?

And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.

~~~Psalm 73:25

A good name is to be more desired than great wealth,

Favor is better than silver and gold.

~~~Proverbs 22:1

Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things.

~~~Hebrews 13:18

But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead.

~~~Romans 7:8

But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire compassion, and not a sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.

~~~Matthew 12:7

It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.

~~~1 Timothy 3:1

Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,

And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.

~~~Psalm 51:6

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

~~~James 1:19-20

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.

~~~Romans 7:18

Prayer Banner

LORD, Desire can be a tricky emotion. It is an emotion that can lead us down the wrong path. Desire is also the strongest drive we have when we seek you. Help us to separate our selfish desires from those that drive us toward you and your love. May we all learn to possess holy desires that drive us toward you and your love. Amen

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THIS WEEK – Home



Home – The place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household; affect place of residence, representing the center of family life . 

(Oxford Dictionary)



It is said that home is where the heart is, but what is home? The philosopher, Kahlil Gibran, said, “Let your home be your mast and not your anchor.” He captured the true purpose of home, because home is not a place but a guiding force. In baseball the player begins at home and challenge the of running the bases is over, he returns home and is safe. That is where all of our lives begin. They begin with a source, a home, a place, an attitude that is of God’s making. We wander to many places in our lives but we, like the baseball player, are always searching and seeking to return home.

Home is where are comfortable and welcomed. Our home is where we find love and security. Home is a place that we can be ourselves. Home offers us a time when we can be weak and know that others will give us support and safety. Our homes are the foundations of our lives. The scripture says, “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” Just as Jesus is the cornerstone of our spiritual lives, so our home is the cornerstone of our well being as we journey through life. Without a home we are rudderless and meandering from place to place.

God built into us a natural instinct to set a course to return home when we are lost and lonely. I read recently of the story of Bobby the Wonder Dog who found his way home in a rather miraculous way. Bobbie the Wonder Dog was a dog who covered 2,551 miles on his own to return home to Silverton, Oregon, after he was lost while his owners were visiting family in Wolcott, Indiana. Bobby set his course toward home and succeeded, and so can you.

Are you feeling lonely or lost? Has the life you have found been less than what it should be? If so, it is time to go home. Some people do not have a place that they can really call home, but God gives us a way to make one. Joshua , a humble disciple of Yahweh, made a simple decision when he said, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve –but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” That is the way we can make a home. A home is a place where the principles of God are the cornerstone of life. A home does not have to be a place of origin, but rather it is a place of being.

The reason many people never find a home is because they never build one. They perhaps have run away from the one they once had and are looking to build one that is absent of the cornerstone. A home will never be made in a selfish and conceded way but must be a place of sharing and love.

God wants us all to have a home and he is ready to help us build it.

Quotes Banner

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.

― Robert Frost

The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

― Maya Angelou

How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.

― William C. Faulkner

Home is the nicest word there is.

― Laura Ingalls Wilder

Home is where somebody notices when you are no longer there.

― Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project

If Light Is In Your Heart

You Will Find Your Way Home.

― Rumi

Man wanted a home, a place for warmth, or comfort, first of physical warmth, then the warmth of the affections.

― Henry David Thoreau

You haven’t really been anywhere until you’ve got back home.”

― Terry Pratchett

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

― Confucius

Nothing can bring a real sense of security into the home except true love.

― Billy Graham

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.

― Margaret Mead



Scripture BannerFor every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.

~~~Hebrews 3:4

My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,

   in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting-places.

~~~Isaiah 32:18

Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’

~~~Joshua 24:15

He knew what they were thinking and said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.

~~~Matthew 12:25

The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,

   but he blesses the abode of the righteous.

~~~Proverbs 3:33

Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue for ever before you; for you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed for ever.’

~~~2Samuel 7:29

Unless the Lord builds the house,

   those who build it labour in vain.

Unless the Lord guards the city,

   the guard keeps watch in vain.

~~~Psalm 127:1

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,

   who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,

will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress;

   my God, in whom I trust.’

~~~Psalm 91: 1-2

By wisdom a house is built,

   and by understanding it is established;

by knowledge the rooms are filled

   with all precious and pleasant riches.

~~~Proverbs 24:3-4

Prayer BannerLord, I know that you have given me this house. May you now bestow upon me the grace to make it a home – home where there is rest and safety, a home where there is love and security, a home that offers hospitality to those in need and comfort to the troubled. Make this house into that home.

Amen

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Self – Justification/Humility

Abba John said, ‘We have put the light burden on one side, that is to say, self-accusation, and we have loaded ourselves with a heavy one, that is to say, self-justification.’

He also said, ‘Humility and the fear of God are above all virtues.’

Abba John gave this advice, ‘Watching means to sit in the cell and be always mindful of God. This is what is meant by, “I was on the watch and God came to me.” (Matt. 25:36) One of the Fathers said of him, ‘Who is this John, who by his humility has all Scetis hanging from his little finger?’

—-ABBA JOHN THE DWARF


The two competing margins of any man are self-justification and humility. We all have a great drive to be the controllers of our own destiny. To achieve that destiny we must find ways to justify our actions. There are many people that are consumed with, meeting the right people, doing the right thing, being seen at the proper places and above all else being in control. As I see it, self-justification is just another way of being a controller.

The Monk said that self – justification was a heavy burden to bear. Not only was it heavy, but it is a burden that we choose to bear. Man has a tendency to load himself down with burdens that originate with our own ego. Our ego tells us that control is the primary objective of life.  Perhaps the greatest expression of control that is observed in our spiritual journey is the art of self – justification.

The Monk observes that humility and fear of God are the greatest virtues that anyone can possess. Those virtues, in conjunction with the ability to “sit” and wait on God will bring us to better place than we could have ever hoped for or imagined. The Monk desire that the community to be  “hanging from his little finger,” this came about as the natural result of living a life that seeks God above all else. The Benedictine rule instructs us how to greet our guests. “At the door of the monastery, place a sensible old man who knows how to take a message and deliver a reply, and whose age keeps him from roaming about. This porter will need a room near the entrance so that visitors will always find him there to answer them. As soon as anyone knocks, or a poor man calls out, he replies, ‘Thanks be to God’ or ‘Your blessing, please’.” Such humility can go a long way in reaching people with the good news of Christ. Self-justification takes us nowhere other than the path of control and evil self-righteousness. Perhaps that needy knock on the door is God calling us. Let us seek Him. May we choose our path.

 

  • What do you seek?
  • How do you seek it?
  • Why do you seek?

Prayer

Lord fill me with the humility that is necessary to seek Your face. Allow me to discover virtue in those You send my way. Give me the patience to wait on You in the place You have given me. For in humility, virtue and waiting You reveal your glory to me and make it possible for me to live in peace and harmony.

Amen

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