What Do You Really Want?

Deep QuestionssmI want to ask you a few questions, and I really want to know your answers. Actually, I really need your answers for some planning and dreaming that I’m doing.

Question One:  What do you really want? Not what do you think you should want. What does your heart most deeply desire? Is it peace? Health? Financial security? If the mythical magic genie popped out of your cereal bowl tomorrow morning and was willing to grant you one wish, what would that wish be? No fair wishing for more wishes!

Question Two:  If you got what you really want, how would your life be different? What would it look like if you got what you most deeply desire? How would you feel? What would you see? I’m finding that when people really think about this question it often changes their answer to the first question…and that’s OK!

Question Three:  What is the primary barrier that stands in the way of you getting what you most want? Is there something in you or something outside of you that you can identify as a barrier to keeping you from what you most desire? What is it?

I’d be really grateful if you’d share your answers with me. You can post them to Facebook, my Twitter feed or e-mail them directly to me at jmarian@popmn.org  I’m interested in responses from people of all religious traditions and from people who don’t think of themselves as religious at all, so share this post with others. I’ll share the results (and why I want them) in a future blog post.

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

Jeff Marian is lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN.

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  • Ken Walter

    I have thought several days on these questions, trying to go deep within my spirit, several things surfaced over that time, but I questioned whether I could still find something deeper. So at this point I will say what I want is for all God’s children to Love the Lord our God with all their heart, soul and mind and to Love their neighbor as them selves. This is off the top of my head the command of Jesus.

    When all God’s children live this command there would be peace and plenty for all to be healthy in body, soul and spirit and their lives and mine would be completely guided by the Holy Spirit as Jesus is interceding for us at the right hand of the Father and conveys that guidance.

    The barrier to this is this world and the enemy that rules it’s ways which is deceiving me, causing me to fear repercussions, which means my faith has doubts at times, as I pay more attention to the enemy (Idolatry) than I do to the Holy Spirit. My goal is to be increasing in faith to hear the Holy Spirit more clearly and acting on His guidance to love and share with my neighbor all I have of love from others that God provides them with and has created this place of living to provide.

    To humble my self in my humanness I did think of winning the lottery or being able to have a visit with my son who ended his life about 34 years ago or have my heart go back to a regular sinus beat or have all my family growing in Christ in a Christian family community. I decide to be patient and believe these things will come in God’s time as the Word prophesies.

    Thank you for your blogs which are so helpful for Growth in the Spirit!