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Desire: the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state. (http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=desire)

Everything we do we want to do. We do not do everything we want to do.

I do what I desire.
Desire is a feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state. Being satisfied is having all that you want, there is nothing left out. A desire comes from a realization that you are unsatisfied with your current state. The way I see it there are two types of insatisfaction: 1. There is something missing, causing a longing for that thing. 2. There is nothing "missing" but you would be better off if you had X. (Whoa...I just realized those are very similar to Lewis' "need love and gift love") So, why is desire at the root of what we do? Because what we do in any situation is what we must desire in that situation. For instance, I could go for some raisins right now, I desire some raisins. (Really, I do.) But I desire to write this blog post more than I desire to eat raisins.
Now, there are desires we can fulfill and there are desire we cannot fulfill. So what we do we want to do, but we cannot do everything we want to do. (I can't fly no matter how much I want to.)

We are slaves of what we want -Lonely Nation.
We are slaves. Slaves of ourselves. Trapped in doing what we desire. In Murder in the Cathedral, one of Becket's tempters says "Your thoughts have more power than kings to compel you." And it is true, our thoughts dictate our actions. This isn't really a problem, if we desire the right things, though it is kind of an interesting idea and can help us understand ourselves. Proverbs 11:23 says "The desire of the righteous is only good, But the expectation of the wicked is wrath." Before the righteous can do go, they must desire to do good. it IS there desire to do good. We cannot desire sin more than righteousness and yet be righteous. We must desire to do good, and the first step to that is desiring to desire to do good, they are not the same thing, I'm pretty sure.

We should not be satisfied.
Satisfaction: act of fulfilling a desire or need or appetite (http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=satisfaction)
Satisfaction comes when are desires are met. If you're satisfied, there is something wrong. Contentedness and satisfaction are quite different.

Content: satisfy in a limited way; "He contented himself with one glass of beer per day" (http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=content)

Being satisfied means that your desires have been met, being content means that you accept where you are despite whether or not your desires have been met, of course contentedness does not resist following any desire...because that is impossible to resist fulfilling your desires you have to want to resist your desires. (Read: Buddhism is stupid. Nirvana is totally a desire, guys, you can't fool me!) We should feel an insatisfaction with our state in this world, with our own sinfullness with sinfullness around us. Desiring is of God, a motivation to action. If we do not act in moving toward sanctification (through God's help we can "fly") if we do not attempt to improve the state of yourselves and those around us then it is not our greatest desire for righteousness to reign. Then what is? minimul effort? efficency?
We ought to be content but not satisfied, to split hairs just a little bit. You guys know I love twisting romantic songs, but here is what we ought to desire:

"Like coming home
And you dont know where youve been
Like black coffee
Like nicotine
I need your love"

We need to need his love, to feel it in our gut so to speak.

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4 comments:

Art said...

Content with what we've been given, but aware that our desires should not be completely satisfied- excellent.

Why are romantic songs so easy to misinterpret? It makes it seem that our relationship with God should mirror eros... I wonder why.

Is longing for God the only need-love?

Micah E. said...

What about dichotomy? Is that simply not knowing what we want to do, or is it the case where two known wants are equally strong, and decision is impossible?

Romans 7:14-20 has some interesting thoughts on this too.

Art said...

Oh, but don't forget, Michael: hair-splitting is also the sound of a triumphant revolution! :P

Michael said...

Dichotomy Well I'm not sure there is ever a time when two desires are equal, is there?

Micah, I think that the verses from Romans are talking about our two natures of both in flesh and in Christ, but when we sin I think it makes sense that we desire to sin MORE than we desire to do God's will, our flesh is winning.