What Do You Want?
Today I have the honor of having my wife Jen share a glimpse into her everyday with you. Through her experiences as a Mom, she challenges us to assess our heart’s longing question: What do you really want?” Hope you enjoy.
It would be difficult to imagine our house without clutter. In the middle of life with three little ones, our new “normal” looks like Legos hidden in the folds of our worn couches, princess dolls strewn haphazardly on our living room floor, an entire cupboard devoted to sippy cups, teething rings, and other kid-friendly utensils, 4 toothbrushes and 4 different toothpastes crammed in one bathroom drawer, and a steady pile of rouge socks (aka the ones that never seem to have a match) collecting in a pile on our dryer. If someone asked me, “Jen, what do you really want?” – my answer would seem almost painfully obvious: a weekly cleaning service, and extra set of hands, a fairy godmother! I would look at my situation in the moment, and choose something that made life easier.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus encountered people living in the midst of their own life’s “clutter” – slavery, busyness, illness, wealth, etc., and He asked them the same seemingly obvious question, “What is it that you want?” At first glance, we might answer, “Freedom. Rest. Healing. Purpose.” However, it was a question that intended to take the focus off of the circumstances around them and draw out the attitudes of the heart.
In Luke 18, Jesus encounters a blind beggar outside the city of Jericho. He repeatedly cried out, “Jesus, have mercy on me!” even though the crowds around him tried to silence his pleas for help. In the midst of the chaos, Jesus stops and has the blind man brought to him, then asks, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Jesus chose to address the beggar’s physical need along with spiritual desire to know Him more. We orient our lives – our relationships, our actions and inactions, our resources, our prayers, our time – around what we want. Do our hearts reflect the truth- that Jesus wants to be more than a solution to our circumstance? Do our lives make much of the Gospel and less of ourselves?