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Running Reflection--January 3

Run Today’s Race
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January 3

"The Spirit of God alters my dominating desires; He alters the thing that matters, and a universe of desires I had never known before, suddenly comes on the horizon."

Reflections by Ryan:

“Dominating desires” . . . Hmmm . . . the term “dominate” is a pretty hefty word.  Dominating desires are those desires that rule you and control you; they are the desires that exert a supreme guiding influence over your life.  What are your dominating desires?  If you don’t know, you might take a look at your checkbook, your thought life, your relationships or at the way you spend your time. 

Regardless of how long your list of dominating desires might be there is most likely only one overarching, dominating desire that serves as the source for all of your other desires.  In most cases it is that thing that matters the most to you and for most of us that thing is . . . OURSELVES.

God wants to make a change in those things that control you and he will make the change by focusing the eyes of your heart upon Himself and others.  If you will let Him, God through the Holy Spirit will actually change the focus and desire of your heart.

By now you have probably figured out your list of “dominating desires.”  Do you really want to keep that limited, debilitating, mundane, miserable, short-sighted, self-focused list?  If not, look away from yourself and look to God.  In Him, the sky is the limit, as He holds out a list of desires that you can only imagine.

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

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