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One of the first phrases a child learns to say is, “I want…” And the leap from “I want Thomas the Tank Engine” to “I want a Tesla” isn’t very far at all.
So strong is our desire — for a relationship, a nicer car, a trip to the beach — that I once heard a speaker say if a surgeon cut each of us open, he was sure he’d find a “wanter” inside.
For many of us, what we want is something that can be found in a store. One study cited by Boston College sociologist Juliet Schor in her book, “The Overspent American,” found that nearly two-thirds of us “
always have something in mind that we look forward to buying.”
So, if we’re going to spend so much time and energy wanting, it’s worth taking a closer look at the question: “What do I want?”
That’s the focus of a series of messages I’ve been listening to from Andy Stanley, Senior Pastor at North Point Community Church in Atlanta.
What follows are some of the key points from the first two messages in the series. I present them not as a substitute for listening to the series yourself, but hopefully to whet your appetite to listen and wrestle with this important topic.
Message 1 – ‘Careful What You Want For’
Message 2 – ‘Don’t Be Deceived’
Wow. You can see why he started the series by making the point that the question, “What do I want?” is trickier than it seems.
Andy Stanley’s series from January 2017 can be found
online here – or you can search for “North Point Community Church” through your podcasts app. Discussion questions are also available to work through individually, or with a group.