The desires of my heart

I have come to understand that what I desire and what I want are two very different things. The things that I want change with every season of my life or maybe even every year/month/ and day to day. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalm 37:4, “take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of the heart”.

What exactly are the desires of my heart?

Most of the time, we mistake our wants with desires. I recently heard someone say “you don’t get what you wish for, you get what you work for”. Most of the time, we are working for what we want. In some ways it’s true, he is a hard worker and great at what he does but he got to where he was through recommendations yet, didn’t last long there. The same is true with relationships, we work hard at them-thinking this is the person I want to be with. And then the couple fall apart. Of course, wishing for things won’t make them magically appear. So why do we change the things we want? Our jobs, relationships, where we live, etc. Why are we so displeased?

I don’t think we fully have grasped the difference between our desires and our wants. We settle for “wants” and they soon rob us of our joy. I wish there was a way of knowing so wouldn’t spend our lives in regret.

I fully don’t know yet what I desire. My heart has found what it’s looking for and I am in search of it.

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