Our culture, especially the media tries to warp our desires and turn them into “things” that can be purchased. We grow up being manipulated into believing we desire money, material possessions, sex, power, and status. We are bombarded with these ideas so often that it’s difficult to discern what our hearts actually desire or long for in life.
If we could shut out the world, take in the silence, and detox our souls then we could begin to explore our deepest desires. What is it that nags at your inmost being? Is it to be in relationship with others? Is it to love and to be loved? Is it to give and take care of others? Is it to know selfless love?
St. Augustine said, “My heart is restless until it rests in you.” We all desire love, not the warped ideas of love our culture has blown out of proportion, but a selfless love, doing for the good of the other. God is love. At the core of all that we are, all that we need, and all that we desire is love, God is love, so we desire God.
Today, consider your desires and see if each one traces back to a need for acceptance, which goes back to relationship, which is truly a need to love and be loved, which is love, which is God.