Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14, NIV)
MY WIFE is driving as we pull out of the parking lot. She says, "What are you hungry for?" Knowing my answer could greatly impact her driving, I am careful how I answer. If I answer, "A burger," she will turn right and head for Jack in the Box about a block down the street. If I say, "Chinese," she will go left. If I say, "I don't know," she will probably stop the car and not move until I give an answer, or she will determine her own choice.
What I am hungry for determines my direction.
This is true of most of our lives. It is our hunger that drives us. Our passion motivates us. It becomes our choice of direction, our motivation to endure against obstacles and opposition and the driving force to success. We read, "The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on" (Proverbs 16:26).
The question is, "What are you hungry for?" What are you really passionate about? What drives you? Is it something God would approve of, and you would be proud to confess?
Father, lead us not into temptation. Help me to be passionate as You are passionate. Help me resist evil desires. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
- DAVID BEARDEN, Fullerton, California