When I was little, one of the best times of the year was when the Sears Christmas catalog arrived. I could page through that toy section and dog ear all the possible items for my Christmas list. When I was very young, it was usually some sort of baby doll that I wanted. As time went on what I really wanted was an art it. And the next year after that, I really wanted a guitar. All of these things were in the Sears Catalog. The answers to all I wanted.
Well now my wants are different. I want my children to grow in wisdom and stature and favor with God and others. I want to do work that is meaningful, that makes a substantial contribution to the lives around me. I want to be less selfish, less fearful. More open and giving. I want to want the right things.
Listen to the words of the Psalm writer. He says, "One thing I ask of the Lord, and this is what I seek. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord, and to seek Him in His temple." Why does that sound so good to me? Because I know that when I dwell in God'a house, and look at Him and His beauty, my own earthly wants disappear. There is nothing else I need.
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