Posted by: Phil Anderson | October 27, 2014

Get What You Want

It’s Christmas morning, the moment of truth. Has all the hinting, asking, and begging paid off? Anticipation is high as the presents are opened. Finally, there it is: the toy you have been wanting since last September. Santa Claus has come through once again. The clothes and lesser toys can wait until later. You open the package, maybe install the batteries, and begin to play.

But by the time the New Year begins, the “greatest toy ever” has been forgotten. Perhaps it broke. Perhaps you just realized that it was not as awesome as it seemed. Perhaps a friend or sibling got something that eclipsed its greatness and you’re already working on your birthday list.

Often the anticipation is better than the item or event we anticipate. Is it good for us to get what we want?

Those of us who are parents know that children who get everything they want become spoiled and unappreciative. I’ve heard that the very rich are among the least contented. Do any of us even know what we really want, what will make us happy?

As a writer, it’s tempting to create characters who have a desire to fulfill the needs of their plot. The hero’s greatest desire is to defeat the villain and save the day. The princess just wants to live happily ever after. It’s simple, easy, and straightforward…and boring.

How much more interesting is the reluctant heroine and the reclusive hermit who must help her, or the unwitting soulmates who had no intention of falling in love. Characters are better who must overcome not only the major conflict that makes up a story, but who also have to deal with personal, internal struggles and who must come to realize that the thing they want most is not the thing that will make them happy.

This is true not just of fictional characters. In my own life I can recognize that the things I want or am looking forward to most will not ultimately make me happy and contented. Each new acquisition or achievement only reveals the next object of desire.

The key to getting or doing not merely what you want, but what will make you happy, is to look to the one who knows exactly what’s best. God is the author of each person’s life story and he can and will eventually give that which brings fulfillment.

Do you really know what you want or what will make you happy? Please leave comments below and let me know what you think.


  1. Thanks. The letting God give what is best was really great! Keep seeking His directions. Love, Mom

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