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What I Want | personal reflections

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“What do you really want?” That was the question posed by a famous photographer recently near the beginning of a talk that she gave to an audience of fellow photographers. It’s a great question. As for an answer, a lot of people respond with, “I don’t know.” The speaker went on to state that, deep down, we ALL know what we want. It’s just that many are afraid to verbalize it. Some don’t think they’re worthy. Some doubt their capability of achieving what they really want.

This particular speaker decided what she really wanted. And it was big! (Go big or go home, right?) She boldly proclaimed it, and then she took specific steps to achieve her goals. And she has been hugely successful. That’s awesome for her! She has achieved everything she set out to do and more.

For me, as a follower of Christ, I need to begin with a different question. Before I declare what I really want, I need to find out God’s will. This applies broadly to my entire life, as well as to very specific decisions. If God doesn’t want something for me, then I don’t need it. I don’t want it. Really, in the end, all of my dreams, aspirations, and goals need to be centered in God’s will. He has proven Himself over and over again in my life, and I trust Him completely. No matter what that means.

My upmost desire is to glorify God with my life and in my business. This is much easier said than done. I make mistakes. I jump the gun. I falter. But I’m learning from my mistakes. I’m leaning on God for guidance, provision, wisdom, and strength. And I don’t have to wonder and hope that everything will turn out OK. I have peace because I know that, no matter what happens, it is the way it is supposed to be. It’s the way God has planned it. And I won’t have it any other way.

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