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.

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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.

Photo credit: Jake Rohde (Creative Commons)

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?

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If Jesus passed you by on that same road, what would you ask Him for?

 

12 Comments

  • Jim F

    February 9, 2012

    Great post and challenge Jen! I am stuck sitting here wondering exactly what would I ask for. I keep thinking – would I really think about it or would I just blurt something out. You got me thinking and that is a good thing. Thanks Jen and Dustin!

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    • Jen

      February 12, 2012

      Thank you for the encouragement, Jim! Even now, I’m not completely sure what I’d want to say…. but something along the lines of wanting my life to have real impact for the kingdom — now and after I’m gone; that my life was about what really matters.

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  • bill (cycleguy)

    February 9, 2012

    Good thoughts jen. Good challenge. Like Jim I have to wonder. I think there is a group who would say, “Spiritual needs” while not helping with physical. There is also one who would say, “Physical needs” and care nothing for the spiritual needs. Can we have both operating in harmony?

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    • Jen

      February 12, 2012

      Thanks, Bill! I hope that as Christ followers, there are times where we can take an honest inventory of our hearts and see if there is that balance of desiring to serve the physical needs of others and the spiritual as well. Jesus was so awesome at the two! Kinda like the balance of good deeds (being salt, the reality that knowing Jesus and who you are in Him should change how you live) and good words (being light- sharing testimony, sharing the Gospel).

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  • moe

    February 9, 2012

    I would ask Jesus your recipe for that broccoli salad you made while we were in ATL last year. I was a fool for not taking some while at the Nunes home. Thankfully my wife took some home with her and I had some. So stinking good.

    If I had another question to ask, I would ask Him to give me the gift of community. To give me the gift of bringing people together and start something special. But then I think, regardless of what we ask Him, He has provided it. We just have to seek, ask, Knock a bit harder.

    Thank you for this Jen. I hope you are doing well. Please continue to keep Mr. Valencia in order. He can be a wild goose! :)

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    • Jen

      February 13, 2012

      Haha, thanks Moe! Another family get together is certainly in order… and there will be broccoli salad to-go bags! :) Thank you for your thoughts–“seek, ask, knock a bit harder…”, I agree! I am confident that the heart desire that He has purposed in you for community will be blessed, after all, that is in line with His heart also!

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  • Tom

    February 9, 2012

    Jen, what a great scripture. I recall coming across that question from Jesus for the first time and having NO CLUE what my response would be!! It was an eye and heart opener…as it is now. Today, Lord Jesus please make my passion for You my vocation and provide my heart with trust in Your provision.
    Thank you Jen!

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    • Jen

      February 13, 2012

      Thank you, Tom – I echo that prayer! Thanks for sharing :)

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  • Jon

    February 10, 2012

    Great post, Jen.

    I think I’m in the same boat as some of the others; I honestly don’t know what I would ask. I think if Jesus came up to me, I would just be in awe.

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    • Jen

      February 13, 2012

      Thanks, Jon!

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  • Andrew Z

    February 12, 2012

    Jen! I enjoyed the post so much.

    It’s funny… I just had made a little graphic: iWant (ala Apple stuff)

    I’m probably going to post on it later this week. I think most of us don’t really know beyond the external what we really want…

    You’ve made me think… if Jesus were standing in front of me, how would I answer.

    And if I’m seated in heavenly places with Him, I am right in front of him.

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    • Jen

      February 13, 2012

      Andrew- I guess we are on the same wavelength, ha! I will be sure to check out the iWant post! :)
      Sometimes I like to spend the day focused on a “simple” prayer — just a short, singular thought that speaks to the heart of the matter… “Lord, You are all sufficient. Help me to trust in Your provision today..”

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