What Do You Really Want.....

We all have wants: we want to do whatever we want and usually we want it now. But hiding in what we want is what we value. You'll never get what you want until you discover what you value.

Jesus challenges our ideas about what is valuable and what is not. He calls us to pursue what is of greatest value. Invite a friend to our current series as we explore the question, "What do you want?"

1. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WANT -  Pastor John challenged you to find out what really matters most to you.  Talk to your group, friends, or family and ask them what your actions tell them about what you want.  Then, examine if the road you're on now will take you to what you really want and value.


 We want our way.    “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” James 4:1 (NIV)

 We want to do what we want to do.

 Issue: But if you always do what you want to do, you may end up where you don’t want to be.

It's important to share your journey with others.  Use the resources below to get with other christians and determine if you're heading the right direction.   

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”                   James 4:3 (NIV)

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2. BETTER THAN HAPPY -  We want to be happy, but we have the The happiness paradox: I will never be happy if what I want is for me to be happy.

A lifelong Harvard study of Adult Development has indicated that the most important measurement of long-term health and well-being is the strength of your relationships with family, friends, and spouses. Check out what the director of the study says here on a Ted Talk: “What Makes a Good Life?” He does not speak in direct faith terms, however, scripture has pointed us the same direction for centuries. How can you invest in a meaningful life? The video has over 19 million views and has been translated into 45 languages. What does that say about he pursuit of happiness?   

A happy life is rooted in financial or job or physical circumstances.   A meaningful life is rooted in where you are spiritually.                          -  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:2 NIV