Desire vs. Want with the Teachable Spirit

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Desire vs. Want with the Teachable Spirit

What is the difference between desire and want? What word bridges the gap between desire and want? How can the definition help the teachable spirit?

Recently, I have been reading a marvelous book entitled A Happy Pocket Full of Money written by David Cameron Gikandi, who happens to be from Kenya. Among other things, David Cameron Gikandi was a creative consultant on “The Secret,” a 2006 bestselling film documentary based on Rhonda Byrne’s book of the same title.

Dr. Jeff Kahrs adjusts a young Maasai girl while Dr. Dave Neubauer observes his technique, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Dr. Jeff Kahrs adjusts a young Maasai girl while Dr. Dave Neubauer observes his technique, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

He defines “want” as:

  • to be without; lack
  • to be destitute or needy
  • a defect of character; a fault
  • to be absent
  • to be deficient or lacking
  • to fail; not to be sufficient
  • to fall or come short; to lack

When you want something, he states, this is what the universe gives you–absence and deficiency. You can never get what you want, ever because wanting is a perpetual state. Wanting communicates that you do not have something, that you are in a state of not having it, but wishing you did. Wanting has no finality. You can never get what you want; therefore, the solution is: never want! No wonder the psalmist proclaimed:

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. Ps. 23:1

Passing out candy to the children of Ingrid Education Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, January 2015.

Passing out candy to the children of Ingrid Education Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, January 2015.

Now take a look at the definition for “desire:”

  • to express a wish for; request
  • the natural longing that is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of any good
  • impels to action or effort its continuance or possession
  • an eager wish to obtain or enjoy

It is more the state of wanting that should be avoided. The best course of action is for the teachable spirit to desire something while remaining detached in the present moment as to HOW that desire will be fulfilled and simultaneously continue to be certain about the outcome. Not needing a particular result in the moment frees the subconscious mind from thoughts about why you cannot have a particular result, which opens the path for the particular result that was intended. David calls this the ability of learning to co-exist with intention, certainty, and detachment about your desire.

Delicious food served in Nairobi, Kenya usually includes ugali, kale, their version of cole slaw, and chana masala, Jimlizer Hotel in Buru Buru, Januar 2015.

Delicious food served in Nairobi, Kenya usually includes ugali, kale, their version of cole slaw, and chana masala, Jimlizer Hotel in Buru Buru, January 2015.

The Psalmist says,

Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. Psalm 37:3-5

What David calls intention, certainty, and detachment, the scripture calls TRUST!

Dr. Dave Neubauer adjusts a three week old Maasai baby while Dr. Jeff Kahrs observes his technique, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Dr. Dave Neubauer adjusts a three week old Maasai baby while Dr. Jeff Kahrs observes his technique, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Sometimes we think we cannot have what we want. And that is very true! We will never get what we WANT. However, we can have what we DESIRE, especially when we commit our way to the Lord and trust in Him, which bridges the gap between desire and want, and helps us to commit our way to Him.

The teachable spirit never ceases to marvel how other ideas in the universe shed light on the simple words of scripture!

Ernest Hemmingway's house just after sunset with a view of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance, Sopa Lodge, Kenya, January 2015.

Ernest Hemmingway‘s house just after sunset with a view of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance, Sopa Lodge, Kenya, January 2015.

The teachable spirit desires to return to Kenya in January 2016. Please feel free to support my mission trip by sharing this blog, taking on the challenge of raising money for the campaign, or donating money yourself, as you see fit.

https://www.gofundme.com/jeans2016kenyatrip or

https://www.youcaring.com/jeans2016triptokenya 

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