Michael C. Carson

The recording group Brownstone has a song called, “If You Love Me.” The lyrics of this song capture the singers’ need for their significant other to actively display their true desire to be in a relationship. These lyrics also signify, for someone who truly wants what they say they want, that it must be demonstrated.

“If you love me, say it. If you trust me, do it. If you want me, show it. If you need me, prove it,” the lyrics read.

We can say that we desire this or that, but at the end of the day, it is up to us to put in the “sweat equity” to achieve it.

Motivational speaker and entrepreneur Jim Rohn said, “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

When we declare we believe God has this or that for us, we must go after it with all of the zeal we can muster.

Kaia Roman, contributor to a Huffington Post column on mindfulness and author of “The Joy Plan” wrote, “It’s about the journey, not the destination. Wanting something very, very much — and then getting it feels so much better than having everything handed to you on a silver platter. Those are the juiciest experiences in life. And along the way, what you thought you wanted might not end up being what you wanted at all. But how will you grow, and what will you learn along the way? It’s the journey that counts….

“Personally, I want to keep having desires. There are so many things that I want, for myself and many others. But most of all, I want to remember that my desires are a gift — they are a focal point that I can aim toward, while I enjoy myself along the journey to them.”

If you truly desire whatever it is you say you desire, prove it to yourself. Your actions toward achieving your goal must be so dynamic that you are excited by your own passion, effort, and witness as you go after your quest.

In the mindfulness column, “Got Questions” it states in that living a life that will please God, we must remain steadfast and unmovable. A steadfast person knows what he believes and cannot be “tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching.”

“An unmovable person can hear false teaching, engage doubters, and defend truth without it shaking his own faith.” (Ephesians 4:14).

Truly pursuing your beliefs demands you to develop and cultivate and attitude of perseverance. If you want this, pursue it.

As you are in pursuit of your goal, it is counterproductive to be ambivalent. Do you plan on being victorious? Then, act like it. Why would anyone else even want to help you on your quest if you aren’t even focused on what it is you declare you want? 

Look in the mirror and ask yourself “Do I really want it?”

Peace with justice, be blessed, be real, real good, attend worship, and families matter.

Dr. Carson pastors St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Indianapolis. He is the founder of “Refreshing,” a ministry for pastors, ministers and laity needing restoration, refreshing and healing: a personal and professional development ministry. He can be reached at carsonvision@acd.net


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