As soon as I hear the word desire my face twists a little bit. I don’t know why, but I attach it to gross things like Fifty Shades of Grey and old ladies who like young men in perverted ways. I don’t honestly know where that comes from but I’ll blame it on our culture because it seems fitting enough.

I guess that’d make it easy to say that I don’t like the word desire very much. I like it a little more than the word moist but that doesn’t say much since that’s an awful, awful word no one should use. Having understood the definition of desire after last week’s post, it will fascinate you to know I’m even going to give the word another go. I know, what a brave second-chance sort of woman I am.

So desire is a strong feeling for something, or for something to happen. Like we discussed last week, it is something we want, we get, and we leave. It has an incredible potential to be something awful selfish, but I believe if God created all things, and He did, than he created desire too. And since He created desire, we’ve got to at least try to understand its purpose for our life. Especially if we are trying to identify our self, and our purpose.

In the Book of James, we’re told in the first chapter that temptation comes from our own desires. The Word tells us when we allow our desires to be enticed in the flesh, it gives birth to sin, which then gives birth to death. See on its own, desire isn’t so much the bad guy. The bad guy is our flesh allowing desire to become a temptation, which becomes sin, leading us to death, or perhaps a deathly life. One that has us running and striving, driven, and coasting, living and yet not, all at the same time. It’s a life that has us going in every direction, which leads us in no particular direction at all. And that, my friends, is the trouble with desire acted on in fleshly, impulsive ways.

Friends, it also says in this very same chapter that those who aren’t deceived, who act in humility, wisdom and with perseverance will understand that every good and perfect gift is given from God in heaven above. To act impulsively on every desire, which we’ve misunderstood as passion, would most certainly lead us to a life we’re planning, rather than what God has in store for us.

Here’s what I believe; I believe desires which are not given to the flesh in sin, have the potential to team up with our passion and create something explosive. If passion is a strong feeling in which we’re willing to suffer for with devotion, desire could potentially be the flame to keep us burning. Thinking of desire, I’d imagine God using it like a lightbulb to direct us with cultural shifts, changes in demographic or in the means to which we live out our passions.

Desire is given a bad name, and rightfully so. But I think it’s time we let desire be part of something good God has given to us to use with wisdom. Let’s bring desire back to its rightful place; rooted deeply in our passion for Christ and His plan for our life. I guess desire isn’t such a bad word. I guess I’ve misunderstood why it exists. But just like any good team of BFF’s, I’m getting excited pair both desire and passion in my life to see God use it, explosively.