What is it that you want more than anything else in life? Is it money? Friends? Prestige? A nice house?

In reality, these things, and things like them, are just diversions offered to us by the enemy of our soul to keep us preoccupied so that we will never discover the thing that will bring us true happiness and contentment. What might that be you ask?

Author and Pastor John Ortberg asked himself that question in his book “The Me I Want To Be”. His answer? “I began to realize that what I really want isn’t any particular outcome on any particular project. Those are all just means to an end. What I really want is to be fully alive inside. What I really want is the inner freedom to live in love and joy.” And then he adds: “Life is not about any particular achievement or experience. The most important task of your life is not what you do, but who you become.”

The confusion comes when we lose sight of God’s plan and purpose for us which is, as I have come to see it, that we flourish.

Think about it. Adam and Eve were given responsibility for the Garden to watch over it and tend it. In the New Testament we are told things like our knowledge of God (i.e., our relationship with him) increases and becomes more enjoyable when we are “bearing fruit in every good work” (Colossians 1:10).

God’s plan is for us to thrive; not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others as well. As Pastor Ortberg reminds us, “Your flourishing self pours blessings into your relationships… To be spiritually alive means to receive power from God to have a positive impact on your world… The Spirit never just flows in us; he always flows through us so that others might flourish as well.”


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