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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

want without belief is just wishing...

Want without belief is just wishing…
When marital results are not happening as fast as we think they should.

Every desire first starts with a longing, a craving- a wish.  Recently, I had a conversation with a friend who shared some of his personal struggle and dissatisfaction. As a delivery driver for one of the most popular carrier companies in the world, the high pressure of deadlines, unrealistic expectations and long hours was starting to take its toll on him emotionally, physically and mentally. The worst part of it all was the exasperation of feeling trapped with no end in sight, and it overwhelmed him to the point of a mental breakdown.

On one hand, my friend is thankful that he is able to pay all of his bills and even have some extra to enjoy. Conversely, he feels that the very hand that feeds him keeps him from seeing his kids during the week, keeps him from the possibility of meeting a woman that he longs to share his life with and keeps him from ultimately experiencing the true desire of his heart: inner fulfillment. That particular day, my friend felt like there was no hope or vision of something different or something better. In other words, he was at the end of his rope.  
Most of the dissatisfaction that my friend feels is the same feelings many experience, especially in marriage. Our wants and desires begin at the forefront of our minds. We think, “If only I can experience a healthy, satisfying marriage.” Or “What would it be like if I could be home more so I can maximize the time I have with my kids before they move out of the house?” Or “If only I could find Mr. or Mrs. Right to experience a healthy, enjoyable relationship.” Our dreaming and wishing definitely allows us to hope for something much more.  Limited thinking is confirmed when our hopes and dreams turn into doubt and uncertainty. As a result, our wants and desires slowly fade away because we think that we are being unrealistic, selfish or ungrateful. We reason in our minds that all of the things we enjoy and the possibility of really experiencing that ‘fairy tale marriage’ or being someone we have always wanted to be is simply too much to ask for.

Our fear of wanting is an angst that many share. Especially within the circle of friends and family we see and share, we know many who struggle with or have even lost the very person they loved through divorce. Often times, in situations like these, our guilt gets the best of us because we feel bad for what we have while the neighbor or friend lost their spouse to say a separation or split-up. And we feel lesser than because we assume the desire for being an even healthier married couple shouldn’t be at the forefront of our minds.  The thinking is, "certainly, if most people around me struggle and suffer in their relationship, who am I to deserve a happy, fun marriage relationship?"

I asked my unhappy friend, “What do you really want?” He responded, “I’m not asking for much, Rob. All I want is to get off from work at a reasonable time, maybe like 7:30, so that I can be there for my kids. I want to be on the same route that I was originally on when I first transferred and I want to meet a nice woman, maybe someone I can settle with, [with whom] I can be myself.”

I asked, “So what happened?”

He asked, “What do you mean?”

I clarified, “What happened to your wants and desires?”

“It obviously never happened! And you know what? This happens all the time! It’s not like I’m asking for the world, Rob. My work keeps me from what I want and I’m sick of it!”

I paused for a few minutes, “So, do you believe that your desires can really happen?”

“You’re saying that I need to believe in my desires? That’s the last thing I’m going to do. My wants are simple and God doesn’t seem to understand that I’m not asking for much. Here’s what I think: seeing is believing, and I haven’t seen anything!”

“Okay, fair enough. Can I ask you one more question?”

“All ears. Go ahead.”

“I actually think that you want so much more than a 7:30 clock out time. And I think there’s so much more than simply wanting to spend additional time with your kids. And I certainly think you want much more than someone who will let you watch football...” 

“Okay, you have my attention.”

“So then the question is, how can your desires happen when the last thing you want to do is believe that they can really happen?”

While we can argue that many things or people around us prevent our wants from happening, the true test of our wants is determined by our efforts, and believing that they will in fact take place! The desires for a better marriage relationship, well behaved kids, or a successful, fulfilling job are all good things to wish for. Unfortunately, many people fall short in seeing their wants manifest because they just don’t see the results of their desires happen fast enough. The level that many fail to reach is the true belief that their wants and desires will in fact happen, no matter what. Wants often reside at the surface level and end up being an attempt at discovering temporary satisfaction because we think that if this or that happened we would be happy. In other words, we want the results before we believe they will actually happen. 

Belief allows us to demonstrate a key component to living life to the fullest which is gratefulness. If you can believe and be thankful for your wants before they actually take place, then you are guaranteed to see your wants take shape. Belief always strengthens one’s wants and desires because you pursue at a deeper level.     
In my business, The Marriage Lane, I have the true pleasure of helping couples and people like you and my friend move from wants and into belief. Our mission is to empower people and couples to overcome fear, and gain victory over “just getting by,” and move fully into a full life of marital living in all aspects of their relationship. 

The next time you want something, ask yourself, “What happened to my wants and desires?” The answer to this question will get you focused on the pursuit of having, being and doing more which is a sure fire way to move from want to belief. You will discover that wanting and believing is an outpouring of full expression of the infinite potential that resides in all of us. 

Rob Lane
Marriage Mechanic

Rob is proud that his wife Cara plays an instrumental part of what he does. They have a combined 20+ years helping individuals and couples with their relationships and marriages. Rob has a BA in Christian Education from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and is an Online Psychology Professor for Grand Canyon University. Rob is also certified marriage counselors in the PREPARE/ENRICH program. He is a non-denominational ordained minister and officiates wedding ceremonies. Rob combines his experience and education along with his unique approach that is sincerely relational, empowering, hopeful, honest and compassionate. To learn more about Rob, The Marriage Lane and his approach read here.


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