Ben’s QTVOTD – “He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver, nor he who loves abundance with gain. This also is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility)! When goods increase, they who eat them increase also. And what gain is there to their owner except to see them with his eyes?” Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 ->me: Wow – this is super applicable to the discussion I was having with a co-worker who also happens to be a great friend, and man of God. We were talking about the struggles of pursuing desires in our career in a self-sufficient way rather than leaning on the Lord to show us the path He has set before us. We were thinking back to our early careers and how we push push push for the next promotion only to find that the next promotion was almost within reach. We also talked about the difference between God given desires of the heart and covetousness for what we see in the experiences, skillsets, or activities of other people. Contentment is not the absence of desire but the absence of ‘the need for more’. Have you ever played with a magnet to see how close you could get it to a ferrous object before it snapped to it? I believe our desires are like a magnet – they are set and ready to married to the purposes and will God has for us but we can get reckless with how close we get that desire to things this world pushes in front of us. Once that desire is snapped to a worldly option it may block the super ferrous nugget God had for you. Hold onto your desires but don’t let the over aggressiveness of fulfilling those desires clog up your magnet before the Lord has brought along what He has for you.