Desire or Have To!

Desire or Have To!

By Mavis Tipton

Here we are at the end of January…and how many of us vowed to make changes in our life for the new year?  Are we succeeding or have we already given up and put those vows on the back burner for another time? 

What sparked us to make the changes in the first place?

·      Because others were doing it and it is the first of a new year

·      Need to improve your health

·      Desire to mend broken relationships

·      Create a better work environment

·      Draw closer to God (last but certainly not least)

Desire is:  1. Wish or longing for, craving, 2. A request.

Have to or (Must): something that is expected or required. 

One comes from the heart the other from obligation.

Desire creates determination. It motivates us to press through and not give up.  Have to, in some situations can do the same thing, but for the most part runs out of energy and quits.

Our physical body and spiritual body have much in common.  They both require being taken care of.

Last year my husband had to have surgery on his carotid artery.  There was a blood clot about 1 ½ inches long clogging the artery.  This blockage created a strain on his heart due to lack of oxygen and blood supply.  Blockages can come from genetic reasons, or pour eating habits, lack of exercise etc. Some people desire to be healthy and fit others do it out of ‘have to’ if they want to live.

In our spiritual body the same thing can take place.  Blockages can come from many different things or directions and create a strain on our heart’s relationship with the Father. Which can cause us to not hear as we should, and to lose our desire to please the Father. 

In both the physical and spiritual it is up to us to desire to live in the healthiest way possible.  We can do this by determining to seek the Lord asking Him by His Holy Spirit to fill us with the desire to do our best with His help.

I encourage you today, to be mindful of what the Lord desires for you.  Seek His direction and encouragement. Run the race that has been put before you.  Ask Him to give you the desire, will-power and strength to run the race.

Phil. 3:12,14 “It’s not that I’ve already reached the goal or have already completed the course.  But I run to win that which Jesus Christ has already won for me.  V.14 I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus.”

Don’t be afraid of change, as change can be good.  Share with someone you trust who will encourage you and help keep you accountable in the changes you desire to accomplish. 

Remember every day is a new day, with a new start, so don’t beat yourself up on those days that don’t go as planned, just begin fresh and anew. 

You are not a failure, you are a Child of God. Your heavenly Father loves you dearly.  He cherishes you and only wants the best for you.  Zeph. 3:17