Friday, July 16, 2010

Ordering Our Desires

Desire is often talked about as something we ought to overcome. Still, being is desiring: our bodies, our minds, our hearts, and our souls are full of desires. Some are unruly, turbulent, and very distracting; some make us think deep thoughts and see great visions; some teach us how to love; and some keep us searching for God. Our desire for God is the desire that should guide all other desires. Otherwise our bodies, minds, hearts, and souls become one another's enemies and our inner lives become chaotic, leading us to despair and self-destruction.

Spiritual disciplines are not ways to eradicate all our desires but ways to order them so that they can serve one another and together serve God.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your spiritual instincts should be the dominant factor in ones life. It is like meeting your shadow, and yes we have sin in our life, but each day our desire to be what God wants us to be should overcome our urge to do the wrong thing. And eventually the shadow of unruly desire becomes love, Gods' love that permeates from you like a ray of sunshine. It's all about who you desire to be. Take life or take death. I choose life! Does that make sense?? Padillas