Two weeks ago, I was on a CrossRoads Retreat at Origins Retreat Centre where we were invited to spend some time around the question What do I really want?

Although a seemingly simple question, I really had a hard time answering it. In religious circles it is often said that there is a difference between needs and wants. To be a good Christian means to only pray and ask for what you need. Wants lead us astray and is selfish.

As I pondered on the question, a verse from the Bible came to me. Psalm 37:4 reads “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” As I reflected on the words, it struck me that God is not threatened by my desires. God invites me to pay attention to it, and often even grants them. I do realize that not all desires are healthy or beneficial, and that I need grace to distinguish between the good and the bad. I was created with certain passions, interests and gifts, and in them lies the secret melody of the song I was made to sing.

May we hear and respond to the invitation of the question what do I really want.

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