How can you tell how badly someone wants something? There seem to be two primary indicators. First, how hard are they trying to get what they want? Second, how long are they willing to keep trying? How much someone wants something is often a function of both factors – intensity and perseverance.
Once, when I arrived at Logan airport late for my flight, the passion with which I pleaded for mercy and help from the airline administrator indicated that I wanted very badly to be placed on that plane immediately. Passion, intensity and the exertion of energy often indicate deep desire. Sometimes, however, shear hard work is not enough to get what you want; it requires sustained effort over a long period of time. Lincoln demonstrated, through his unwillingness to give up after repeated political losses and failures, that he really wanted to become president of the United States. From time to time a wall must be struck repeatedly, over a long period of time, before it finally gives way.
How much do you want to grow as a person? How willing are you to make changes in your life, your relationship with God or others? Are you willing to exert energy? Are you willing to sustain whatever it takes to achieve the goal, or are you just wishfully thinking?
“Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” (Luke 18:1) He spoke of a widow who would not stop bringing her case before a judge. She simply would not settle for anything less than the justice to which she felt entitled. Are you willing to do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes to advance in the direction you believe God has for you?
What do you really want? Ask God to bring your greatest desires to the surface in your life. You can simply ask Him to do it right now. As your desires begin to clarify, you will be able to tell which ones are the big ones. Take hold of those concerns and learn to bring them passionately and consistently to God in prayer. Be ready to obey His leading and ready to cooperate with His work, and you will see results. Believe you will see results because this is the kind of prayer and lifestyle of alignment that God rewards. How fast results come is ultimately God’s concern.
Yours is to take hold of your priorities with intensity and perseverance.
If you really want something, you will be willing to pursue it with long-term determination.
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