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Lilly

Lilly Wooten is a young vivacious Christian who loves to tell others of the love of Jesus. She is attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is the daughter of Bartley and Beth Wooten of Beulaville Baptist Church.

Week 17
     What is your greatest desire in life? If you would have asked me this about a year ago, I would have easily shared with you my obsession to be married, my desire to be well educated, my dreams of having a big family, and my idea that I must be known and loved by everyone around me. I truly desired these things above all else and still desire these life blessings today. However, as the Lord has been so graciously changing, shaping, and molding my heart over the past year or two, my first and most greatest desire in life has changed.
     A young lady by the name of Katie Davis Majors shares her greatest desire in her book, Kisses from Katie. A story about how the Lord used her move to Uganda after high school to eventually lead and prepare her to adopt 13 beautiful Ugandan girls. She writes, “And if one person sees the love of Christ in me, it is worth every minute. In fact, it is worth spending my life for.” Like Katie, this is my new greatest desire in life - to love others in the way Jesus loved me. To live day in and day out on a mission to share the gospel with those around me and spend the rest of my life living for the One who died for me. And, maybe, just maybe, the Lord will be gracious enough to use me as a vessel for His kingdom. And as Katie remarked, if just one person sees the love of Christ in me, it is worth every breath I take here on this earth.
     In order to truly desire what Katie Majors so perfectly put into words, some things had to change in my life. My hope is that by sharing with you the few things the Lord revealed to me you will be encouraged to make your greatest desire in life one that responds in obedience and passion for what the Lord has commanded of His followers.
     First, the Lord made it very clear that I will never understand the depths of God’s desires for me if I don’t spend time seeking it out. Spending time in God’s Word used to feel like a homework assignment to me. I felt like I needed to get it done so I could check it off my list for that day. I knew this wasn’t how I was supposed to view Scripture reading, but I couldn’t seem to shake it. I wanted to love God’s Word authentically, so I began praying for exactly that, a love for the Scriptures. Sure enough the Lord began opening my eyes to the power, excitement, and joy found in His Word. In the Bible, you can find the desire of God’s heart and what your desire should be in response. If you aren’t spending devoted time in the Word, your own desires will never fully align with things of the Lord.
     Secondly, I had to realize that all my other desires in life would only be temporary and my worth and identity could not be sustained by them. I realized marriage, job, family, and health, are all good things to want and seek out in life. But when you begin to prioritize those life blessings over who God has called you to be as a follower of Christ, you might hinder your opportunities of seeing how the Lord will use you and in the impact of those around you.
     Lastly, I had to learn to love Jesus more. I had to love Him more than all my goals, dreams, and desires because it is only Jesus who holds and unfolds those things in my life. Matthew 22:37 commands, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” We are called to love Him above all else. When we do this, the love of Christ will begin to pour out of us and we will be in a position to be used for God’s greatest desire! Concerning the other things I will just rest in Jesus’ words, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matt 6:33).

Lilly's thoughts this week...

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