As a young bride in 1994, I claimed the verse “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I thought I had found a get-everything-I-want promise! I made a list of my desires and planned to delight myself in the Lord to get the material possessions I desired. We did get very busy in ministry, I was so privileged to be mentored and taught by Godly men and women. I learned to treasure God’s word. Somewhere along the way, I forgot about my “get rich quick” pact with God. On Thanksgiving Day in 2002, we lost our home and most of our possessions to a house fire. While cleaning out my closet, I found that prayer journal from the summer of 1994. I found my list of “heart desires.” I felt ashamed. Had I honestly said the desire of my heart was a designer purse and a new car? I felt pity for the girl who had penned those words. As I continued reading, I pondered the verse I had written on that page in my prayer journal. “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I was so thankful God had changed my heart, and my desires had changed. But, as I looked over my list I was stunned to realize I, in fact, had every single item on my “list.” Then, the house fire had taken it all away. I felt so perfectly blessed by an awesome loving Father God. When my desires changed, I was free to receive. Standing in a smoke filled house with the promise of twins due to arrive in six months, and the assurance that God is the giver of all good things, I knew the pursuit of Him was the real treasure. Nine years later, it is good to be reminded how sweet the fellowship and provision of God was during the days of the fire. He is the same God now, and the fire has a way of revealing Heavenly Treasures. How blessed I am!
Life lesson: His promises are true!
Redefining What We Want
A 2010 survey of Americans conducted by the advertising and marketing firm Ogilvy & Mather found that "having it all" is an unrealistic goal, with 75% of those surveyed saying they would rather get out of the rat race than climb the corporate ladder. Instead, "76% said they would rather spend more time with family than make more money." Moreover, Americans are showing disenchantment with the pursuit of money, with "75% again saying they would trade job security over a job that offered an opportunity for raise."
"The most surprising thing about our study was how much consumers were saying what they would NOT do for money, even when money worries are high on the list," explained Graceann Bennett, Managing Partner and Director of Strategic Planning at Ogilvy & Mather Chicago. "Prioritizing your life based on money is seen as a sure way to be disappointed since the pursuit of money is often reliant on factors outside of consumers' control. They have gone down this road before and are saying that they are not necessarily happier or better off as a result." *