Hunger

Fox with Ale and Chicken LegA strong or compelling desire or craving

You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.  James Allen

Our aspirations are our possibilities.  Robert Browning. 

Hunger is the handmaid of genius. Mark Twain

 We normally think of hunger as an inner craving for food. We ignore other desires until we satisfy our hunger. This very basic need will dominate other priorities until it is answered. When it comes to wanting to be more than we are; the hungrier we are, the greater the likelihood is that we will find a way to satisfy our desires.

Where we are in life at this very moment, has much to do with how hungry we have been thus far. If we are easily satisfied with status quo; comfortable and content inside our comfort zone; we will largely stay where we are. This will continue until we have a desire or hunger for something different. To be anything more requires that we become discontent with our present circumstances; have a desire to overcome inertia, get outside of our comfort zone and overcome our fears, obstacles and complacency. If we do not do anything any different than we are already doing, chances are we will continue to stay right where we presently are. It is rather irrational to think that things will change without our becoming more engaged and involved in making some changes.

If we are satisfied, that is one thing. Most of us have more that we could accomplish. In some respects to be satisfied, is to be wasteful of the talents and abilities we have yet to use. If someone gives us vegetable seeds, there will be no harvest to reap if we do not plant and nurture the seeds. In order for us to be fruitful we need to know how to love and accept ourselves, and forgive our mistakes. We need a “hunger” within that inspires us to be more than we are. We should feel thankful and blessed for our present life; but we may hunger for more; not necessarily in material things but in personal growth; the mental, philosophical, and even spiritual aspects of life.

A sincere desire to become more loving, kind, generous, encouraging and thankful are very desirable goals.  Many of us are deficient here. A desire to accomplish more; such as careers, hobbies, health, volunteer work, learning new skills, are all worthwhile. The more we hunger, the more likely we will utilize our innate talents and abilities to accomplish more. We should learn to use “hunger” as a tool that helps us to nurture our growth.

Challenge: Is there a hunger within you? Are you living with some “pangs” in your gut? Do you have a craving for more? You have a hunger for a reason. There are things within needing satisfaction. You have undeveloped potential that wants to be fed and expressed. Chances are you may never feel “complete” unless you listen and respond. When you choose to feed this hunger, you will grow and become more of what you are intended to be.

WisdomWanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way. Les Brown

Spiritual: (NIV)

Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

We are made in God’s image. This means there is some of his spirit in us. We have abilities and strengths we hardly realize. This includes an ability to turn our creative thoughts into reality. Our “hungers” are there for a reason. It may mean we are yearning to be or to do something that we are meant to do. If we will let go and let God, He will empower, guide, and help us become what we were meant to be. This is what we really hunger for.

Prayer:  Help me to have a healthy hunger in my life to be and to become more than I am

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