Desires of the Heart


May love be our motivation.


Matthew 7:7

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”


It seems to me that many people approach God as more like a genie or Santa Claus figure…than a loving Creator.

But God is clearly not some “magic-granter-of-wishes.”

We clearly see that asking for any whim we have in mind is usually not granted. So what do we make of today’s scripture verse? If God is love then wouldn’t God want us to be happy? I say yes.

But what is true, lasting happiness?

The granting of wishes to satisfy our egos may bring happiness…but it will be superficial and fleeting. True happiness is at the “soul” level. I’m thinking that God would want you and me to know love and to be transformed by love so that we can be more loving.

Now that would be happiness!

Unfortunately, for that to happen usually requires some painful lessons. Each of us must learn that our egos are not the center of the universe.

Each of us is part of a larger whole.

We are required to act in “oneness” with all others and all creation or we will essentially be dysfunctional at the soul level. We are part of a great cosmic and divine dance. So…with that in mind…for what do I ask? What do I seek? On what door do I knock?

Is my motivation love…or selfish gain?

If we ask from this vantage point…we will be in the process of receiving and finding exactly what we need.


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Remember…God loves you!



About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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