Dreamer or pragmatist? Part I

Dream!
Dream! (Photo credit: Melody Campbell)

I have been thinking a lot lately about desire, the deeply rooted longings that define our unique identities. John Eldredge writes, “We are desire. It is the essence of the human soul, the secret of our existence. Absolutely nothing of human greatness is ever accomplished without it. Not a symphony has been written, a mountain climbed, an injustice fought, or a love sustained apart from desire. Desire fuels our search for the life we prize. Our desire, if we will listen to it, will save us from committing soul-suicide, the sacrifice of our hearts on the altar of ‘getting by.'” Eldredge believes, like C.S. Lewis, that desire is a gift that draws us towards truth, towards God. Dreams, vision, are not meant to be squelched, they are our teachers. We’d do well to pay attention.

But obviously desire can get us into trouble. Just as all great accomplishments come from desire, so do all the horrors ever unleashed on the world. Some person’s twisted desire has been responsible for every crime, every war, every evil. So how do you discern whether a desire is God-given and good, or a distraction from something better, or just purely wrong?

More to follow on goal-setting, prayer, and how to get where it is you wanna go… How about you? Are you a dreamer or a pragmatist?

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