“If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.” ~Seneca
Most people do not live their lives with a high level of intentionality. Most life is lived in a state of reactionary thoughts and actions.
As we go to school or work it becomes natural and easy to wait for the circumstances of life to determine our mood, motivation, thoughts, actions, friendships/relationships, etc…
I have a mentor who says, “We are often a mystery to ourselves.”
You and I experience thoughts and emotions throughout the day and we don’t know why?
You and I also engage in many habits, good and bad, and don’t fully understand why we do those things…We just desire to do them, even if we know they’re harmful and detrimental to our lives (health, relationships, character, etc…)
How do we live more intentionally? How do we live our lives “on purpose”?
It begins with an understanding of our HEART (the source of our love, desire, and affections).
“Above all else guard your heart, for EVERYTHING you do flows from it.” ~Proverbs 4:23
Picture your heart as a “love pump” that is continuously generating affections and desires. It is impossible to turn off this pump, love and desires are continually being generated in your life.
If someone just asked you to sit still and think, it would be IMPOSSIBLE to sit and think about NOTHING. Thinking is always DIRECTED toward SOMETHING.
The same is true with LOVE. You cannot just simply love. LOVE (desire-affection) is always AIMED or DIRECTED at SOMETHING or SOMEONE.
LOVE always has a target. LOVE is always running TO something.
When Jesus said that ALL the law and prophets hinges on the one great commandment to “LOVE the Lord you God with ALL your heart, soul, mind, strength…” What Jesus was communicating is that the TARGET – DIRECTION – END GOAL of our LOVE should be AIMED at the Kingdom of God.
Whether you believe it or not, you and I operate (navigate through life) based off of what we Love, desire, feel, and value.
We are all born as narcissists. You and I were born thinking that life is all about us and our needs and wants. God is continually working by His Spirit and His Word to direct our hearts away from OUR SELF and towards HIMSELF.
I pray we are careful with where we direct our affections…because we will eventually become what we love.
For more good reading on this topic, check our Desiring the Kingdom by James K.A. Smith.