Desire is a sense of longing or hoping for a person, object, or outcome. The same sense is expressed by emotions such as “craving”. When a person desires something or someone, their sense of longing is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of the item or person, and they want to take actions to obtain their goal. The motivational aspect of desire has long been noted by philosophers; Thomas Hobbes asserted that human desire is the fundamental motivation of all human action.
The word Desire is quite possibly the single most driven force that determines one’s motivation. The emotional level that triggers desire is a very powerful substance of the mind, body, and spirit.
If you desire something, that generally means you will act on it. In other words, the thought of While most your emotions can be jostled around in your head, and can be dictated by a simple movement, taste, sight, and/or sound, your desire to act on that emotion comes from the heart.
Desire also is an internal feeling within the stomach. It is somewhat of a bodily function, not to be confused with a tummy rumble, burp, or passing of gas, NO! the function of Desire comes deeper from the gut in a more spiritual sense. It is a hunger for something. We all desire foods and such that will give us proper nourishment, but the Desire nurtures our souls and ignites a feeling of want.
We all want things out of life, and subconsciously, we all want our lives to fall into place in certain ways. The idea of wanting something first starts at childhood. A child wants toys, or just about any other materialistic object that exists. It is within a child’s nature to be curious of all things and can’t help but to want a piece of anything and everything in sight. Unfortunately, our parents tell us, “No, you cannot have that, touch that, see that, or do that,” one too many times, and as kids, we are taught to obey those commands. And no matter how much we whine, cry, and moan about it, we are disciplined to respect and understand why we cannot have everything that we want.
As we grow older, however, and more mature, curiosity starts to set in, and those wants will suddenly become an interest, a longing to get to a certain person, place, or thing. This is what it means to have a Desire. It is the instinct to not only want to have things, but it is a craving, a longing for a certain thing that deep down you just know you must have for yourself, and you will stop at nothing until whatever it is, is finally in your possession.
Take a long hard look at the photo above for example. Notice how the boy is at a Starting line on the road. Notice how the roadway drifts off into the distance while moving upward as if it is going over a hill. You cannot see a finish line, can you? That is because the finish line is somewhere beyond that little hill. Therre’s no telling what other obstacles lay ove
However, if you desire to change a certain issue you are facing, or way of living, or just overall unhappy with the way your life has gone, then you must change your way of thinking. You may want to change your entire lifestyle completely. That is a different kind of want.
Here is a story about a boy named Timothy who persevered through his desire to be a great trike racer.
Timothy wanted to race his trike down a track. All Timothy could think about was crossing the finish line no matter what. That was his plan of attack, to get to the finish line first, and to be declared the Winner of the race. As all the racers where getting into position at the starting line, Timothy started to look around and notice the other Trikes, and the racers on them. He saw many different colors, shapes, and sizes of things that he didn’t have. Timothy then began to grow a bit jealous of the other racers. He began to feel as he couldn’t measure up to his competitors. His trike suddenly wasn’t good enough, and he became ashamed of his uniform, or lack thereof for that matter. Timothy wasn’t dawning the cool helmet, elbow and knee pads, or gloves that most of the other racers where dawning. Timothy had suddenly felt unprepared.
As the horn sounded, and the race begun, Timothy felt lost, and that he had maybe made a mistake. He had suddenly become so envious of others around him, that he lost his focus on what he really wanted the most, to cross the finish line with the winning trike. He still went on to race, only to find himself in last place, and eventually crashing in a bush that was off to one side of the race path.
Have you ever noticed how when you plan on doing something, nine times out of ten, the plan usually never goes the way it was scripted in your mind? That is because the world is full of many distractions. Most of which will distract us from who or what we really desire to be. These distractions are things that we can easily see with our own eyes. Things such as people on magazine covers, whether it’s celebrities, models, or athletes that we already know have money, fame, and fortune. We also see those who have a great looking body, wear nice fancy clothes, and get to be in nice, fancy places, all around the world. We also get to see their possessions, such as cars, houses, and any fancy toys they might have.
It’s new fads, new trends, new gadgets and gimmicks that this cruel world shoves in front of our faces every single day, and our subconscious minds instantly think that we must have these things. We must have it, touch it, do it, wear it, look like it. We all get riled up over these worldly things, and it will eat away at our souls until we possess them. Then we start to become desperate in wanting these things so bad for ourselves, all because it is what everybody else has.
Little Timothy planned to cross a finish line and be a winner but became engulfed in worldly things that everyone else had that he didn’t that he lost his train of thought, therefor he lost instead.
Oh, So I guess I should tell you what happened after that race. Timothy was so mad after that humiliating loss, that he rushed home only to take out his frustrations on his trike. He tried tearing it apart but didn’t get very far. Knowing the garbage man was coming the following day, he quickly rolled what was left of it over by the rest of the trash that was to be picked up. When his dad got home from work, he couldn’t help but notice the trike all beat up and in the trash pile. He asked Timothy why he was throwing it away, and Timothy angrily replied,” I DON’T WANT THE STUPID BIKE ANYMORE!’ His father sarcastically corrected him saying that it was a trike, with 3 wheels, only for Timothy to slam his bedroom door right in his father’s face. Timothy’s father tried to reason with him, telling him that he himself paid a lot of money for Timothy to have it. “Why don’t you and I try to fix it up again tomorrow when I get home from work”, Timothy’s dad said. but then Timothy countered right back with a blow of his own telling his father that he is never hardly around anyway to watch him race because he’s always at his, “STUPID JOB!” His father took the trike out of the trash pile anyway and set it back in the garage.
Then Timothy suddenly got an idea to take it to the Goodwill nearby instead. So, the next morning, Timothy walked the beat-up trike 3 blocks away and just left it at the donation center without a care in the world.
This is where the bad emotions start to creep in like anger and frustration. Timothy got so mad and frustrated with losing the race that he became discouraged and gave up something that he had loved. He then took it upon himself and planned to just get rid of the bike once and for all, something that his father worked very hard for, which Timothy ignored, but perhaps even that drove Timothy to just give it away for nothing in return while being bitter of his dad not getting to watch him much.
That afternoon Timothy’s father pulled up in the driveway, very optimistic, hopeful, and proud that he can fix that trike for his son. As he opened the garage, he saw that it was nowhere to be found. Timothy however shocked, noticed the body language of his dad’s eager and willingness to work on the bike. He then suddenly got a heavy dose of reality. “Oh No! What have I done,” Timothy thought to himself. So, when his dad asked him where the trike was, Timothy all the sudden didn’t want to disappoint his father no more, so he thought of a lie. Timothy had told his father that he wheeled the bike back into the trash pile, and that the garbage men came to collect it. His father then quickly tried to get back in his car to go retrieve it, but Timothy just tried to stall with more and more lies. He tried to convince his father that his mother had dinner ready, which was not true. Then Timothy tried to play sick with a bad tummy ache to try and get his dad to stall. He did everything he could to get his father to hesitate, but what he couldn’t do, was just tell his father the Truth.
Then suddenly his mother called out, “DINNER’S READY!”
Timothy sighed, but suddenly realized that maybe his tummy was a little upset after all from telling so many lies.
Here is where the next stage of discouragement sets in. Timothy realized what he had done was wrong, but then fear crept in as he was afraid to tell his father what he really had done. Then anxiety started creeping in as he couldn’t figure out what to really say, so then came the lies.
Timothy went to school the next day. His friends, amongst others, tried to talk to him about the race. They wanted to know what happened, why he finished last, and if he was going to be in the next race. Timothy didn’t want none of it. He would tell his friends to, “JUST DROP IT,” about the race. He told them he just didn’t want to race anymore. Timothy was staring to get real defensive around his friends, and even his Teachers. He even brought the deceitfulness home to his family.
Because was so angry, and he had lied so much, that it caused so much anxiety that he just wouldn’t let anybody in his life. It’s as if he built up such a high wall of deception from all the lies, because he felt the need to hide his grief. He felt that nobody would understand him.
This is where the bad emotions start to creep in like anger and frustration. Once the frustration kicks in, as your plan still doesn’t go the way you had hoped, then you might start to doubt. You become more and more angry to the point where you may say, “Screw It, this will never work, I’m Done!” So, by the next time you come across that same path, you avoid it?
That is fear. That is being afraid to walk that line, because it didn’t pan out the way you wanted it to the first time you did it. Yet, you have to go down that path anyway because you may have no choice
It’s easy for us to get discouraged when things don’t go the way as we planned.
Discouragement brings out all the worst emotions in us, where as courage brings us the best emotions. Joy and Happiness can emerge, when you start to tell the truth, seek the truth. People always say that the Truth hurts, but that hurt is only temporary, as after a while, you start to feel a sense of enlightenment; like a weight has been lifted. No Pain, No Gain, right? Have you ever heard the phrase, “The Truth shall set you free?” That’s that weight that though it may sting a bit at first, eventually you find freedom in mind from whatever it is that has been kept to yourself.
Timothy felt those emotions. Deep down, he wanted to keep racing. He knew what he told his friends at school was not true. He knew the way he had been acting around others, including his father wasn’t right. Timothy regretted giving his trike away, as suddenly he had realized that he just needed to tell the truth.
Timothy set course toward a more positive, truthful direction. He knew his trike was long gone, but he was determined to get a new one. He mustered up enough courage to explain to his dad what he had done to the old one. His dad was certainly upset, but Timothy convinced him that he was very passionate about racing and wanted another chance. So, Timothy’s father offered to give him an allowance toward a new trike if he did a list of choirs around the house, get his schoolwork to good graces, along with obeying other rules set by his parents. If Timothy could abide by these rules, he could not only earn his fathers trust back, but also earn enough money to by himself a new trike to race.
Little Timothy didn’t waste no time at all. Within just a couple of months, his grades were top of his class, the house was in tip-top shape, and he had earned enough money from doing a lot of choirs to buy a brand-new trike. He found an even better one than the last one he had. Him and his father than rushed home and customized it to look like a fancy racing trike. Soon it was time to take it out for a couple of practice runs.
Then one night, several months later, before a big race, Timothy’s parents pulled him aside and gave him a gift for all his hard work he had done. Inside the gift box was a new helmet, with pads, and gloves; all his favorite color Red. Timothy certainly did not expect it at all, but he felt so grateful to finally go to the race, while looking the part, with all of the spiffy new gadgets like his fellow racers.
He suddenly felt extremely confident. He knew he was going to win this time. All his hard work, dedication, and practice was going to pay off. All he knew he had to do was race, and not think about winning, because he felt he had already done just that.
The moral of this story is that you can easily let your emotions get the best of you. Don’t set your sites on a plan to win at first. Never plan on doing just one thing, because life is full of too many distractions, in which will distract from such plan. Don’t plan on winning the race, focus on the path towards the win. Do not plan on passing the test, study how to pass it. Do Not Plan to fallow Jesus Christ, plan to fallow in his path. After all, a racetrack is just a long pathway to the finish line.
Are you on the path to win like Timothy?