What does it mean for people to “aim too low” in their desires?

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    • #95336293
      Shane
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      We look at the nicer house across town and we want it because it has an extra bedroom for the kids. We are looking at lower desires. We want to be cured from any number of diseases thinking that we’ll be filled with joy when we are cured. That’s a low desire. A higher desire longs for God, longs for a dance with the trinity that the lack of a lower desire could never satisfy.

    • #95333924
      Elena
      Participant

      We know that “aiming high”, in the conventional understanding of the phrase, does not bring people the happiness they desire. The super-rich are rarely super-happy, and those of them who are, are usually those who are also involved in philanthropy, spend time with their children and have a higher (than wealth for its own sake) purpose in life. Hence, “aiming high” is still aiming low. The most ambitious vision must include having more precious things such as being in a relationship with God and with others as these are the true treasures that bring us the highest pleasure.

    • #95333602
      Waynette
      Participant

      We settle for less than or real life’s desire. In other words, we fail to look at the real purpose of our life. What gives us joy and allows us to give and receive love. This could look like a striving for something tangible rather than a deep relationship with God.

    • #95332414
      Jim
      Participant

      To take a quick fix, a bandaid

    • #95322013
      Lisa
      Participant

      It means people are aware of casual desires and critical desires, but not core longings. If I am not aware of core longings, I think my desires are my core longings. I miss what God created me for, deep connection with Him, and meaningful purpose in moving in sync with His plan for my life.

    • #95321714
      Thu-van
      Participant

      To stop at the desires of convenience and importance and never recognizing the desire of necessity which is the longing for ‘soul-life’ is to “aim too low”.
      I’d like to copy Roy and Bobbi’s responses here, together, they speak what I know to be true.

      We aim to low when we look no further than how well our marriage our kids, our job, or our bank account are doing. Or various other “things” you might want to fill in the blank. The reality is that all of these things can and do go south at times. Even if some of these “things” are going great, in this world something is always falling short of our desires. If this is as high as we aim, we will most surely be disappointed a good bit of the time. (Roy)

      God states that our deepest desire is to know Him and be satisfied with him alone, so when we seek anything else above Him, we are aiming too low to have our needs met. When we seek him first, all other “things” (marriage, a good job, health, etc.) will be put in their proper place as lesser desires. (Bobbi)

    • #95320696
      Elaine
      Participant

      When someone is aiming too low in their desires, they tend to fall for things that can bring them immediate satisfactions that are short lifted. Their hearts are not content, they will continue to search for the next desire over and over again. Desires they think are being important in the moment or a matter of convenience.

    • #95319723
      Wesley
      Participant

      aiming too low in desire means to not understand deeper desires. the order being desires of convince, importance and necessity. any desire below the desire of necessity, being aimed for, is aiming too low. That desire then becomes a demand that no longer drives you.

    • #95317889
      Roy
      Participant

      We aim to low when we look no further than how well our marriage our kids, our job, or our bank account are doing. Or various other “things” you might want to fill in the blank. The reality is that all of these things can and do go south at times. Even if some of these “things” are going great, in this world something is always falling short of our desires. If this is as high as we aim, we will most surely be disappointed a good bit of the time.

      • #95321713
        Thu-van
        Participant

        To stop at the desires of convenience and importance and never recognizing the desire of necessity which is the longing for ‘soul-life’ is to “aim too low”.
        I’d like to copy Roy and Bobbi’s responses here, together, they speak what I know to be true.

        We aim to low when we look no further than how well our marriage our kids, our job, or our bank account are doing. Or various other “things” you might want to fill in the blank. The reality is that all of these things can and do go south at times. Even if some of these “things” are going great, in this world something is always falling short of our desires. If this is as high as we aim, we will most surely be disappointed a good bit of the time. (Roy)

        God states that our deepest desire is to know Him and be satisfied with him alone, so when we seek anything else above Him, we are aiming too low to have our needs met. When we seek him first, all other “things” (marriage, a good job, health, etc.) will be put in their proper place as lesser desires. (Bobbi)

    • #95315719
      Bobbi
      Participant

      God states that our deepest desire is to know Him and be satisfied with him alone, so when we seek anything else above Him, we are aiming too low to have our needs met. When we seek him first, all other “things” (marriage, a good job, health, etc.) will be put in their proper place as lesser desires.

    • #95314916
      Karen
      Participant

      Aiming too low in our desires is thinking that the lesser desires will satisfy us deep within our soul when it is only God and His provisions, ways and statutes that will do so.

    • #95312082
      Jennifer
      Participant

      The are aiming for things of this earth. Personal satisfaction, instead of soul satisfaction.

      I’m coming out of a season of desiring the “stuff” of life. God has recently given us a beautiful home and some other great blessings; yet, we’ve had concerns about lost employment and other things that threatened this “stuff”. Ultimately, it’s drawn me to God, and the realization that he is always there, even when the “stuff” is not. I’m finally in a place where, although I know it would be hard if we lost our home or our jobs, I know that our peace and joy are not contained in the stuff. It comes from God, and God alone.

    • #95290530
      Geraldine
      Participant

      We have attached our satisfaction to “things too low,” rather than “things above.” (Col 3:1) The focus is towards secondary goals (of convenience, of importance of necessity) does not bring about the innate fullness of joy. Fundamentally what is “things above” going beyond our ‘story’ to the bigger story of God; from my ‘world’ to that of the “kingdom of God.” It is moving towards a deeper desire – an existential purpose ( and objective meaning in life) that goes beyond having our fundamental needs met. It’s the intimacy (connection) and ecstasy (union) with God – solidly grounded that remains unshaken regardless of circumstances. “My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

    • #95287044
      Lavina
      Participant

      As humans it is our tendency to aim too low in our desires. As we live our lives, we tend to focus on desires of convenience and importance, but to not be aware of our critical longings, which are only met through life in Jesus Christ. As we become awakened to the fact that Jesus Christ is the only source of life and fulfillment we will start to recognize things like frustration and anger as indicators of an aim that is set too low. We will be able to see that true life is not found in our desires of convenience and importance being met, but that true life is only found in objective meaning in life and in ecstatic relationship with Jesus Christ.

    • #95286949
      Doreen
      Participant

      When their desires revolve between desires of Convenience and desires of Importance. Both only satisfy casual longings and critical longings though they do bring soul satisfactiin, core wholeness, fullness etc. With only these two they are aiming too low in their desires. As there is the third, desires of necessities, that addresses the all consuming longings in us. This touches the soul life. Without the third, the first two desires often become profound demands and they can enslave people.

    • #95284059
      Kevin
      Participant

      They just see what is in the immediate view, do not look to the Larger picture, or should i say Story, it is why we have fallen, we settle for less, not for the ultimate what was, we would rather stay suck in what seems predictable and safe, than above and beyond our grasp and knowledge.

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      Our Daily Bread
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