Today we explore the fact that discernment is not the opposite of what you want to do.
I don’t know how the notion God started that God’s will is opposite to our will. Of course, there are times when it is, but I do not believe that is the norm.
Instead, I believe that most of the time God’s desire and your desire overlap—sometimes completely, often significantly. I say this because a Christian’s desire is to do God’s will from the outset, so how can we assume that our will is always contrary to God’s will? The truth is, our hearts are already disposed to do the will of God, so we can trust the impressions that come to us.
This does not mean our initial inclinations are automatically and/or always God’s will. We have to ponder what we perceive, and we may need to take our impressions to trusted mentors and friends in the larger community.
All I want to say today is that we must not rule out the connection between God’s desires and our desires. As Parker Palmer has said, “God takes your life seriously,” so we must take them seriously as well.
Often, we will find that doing God’s will means doing what we have wanted to do. There is nothing wrong with that.