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Words Are Important, Day 2

DESIRE: Want; Becoming; Purpose; Choice.

“Desire is profoundly important.  Important enough to reorder your life around.”  -Laura Winner, one of my favorite authors

One of my favorite songs, Years and Years by JJ Alberhasky

An advertisement I found in a magazine my freshman year of college.  I’ve kept it ever since and it now hangs on the fridge in the #canvas:

A link to a YL Club talk I gave this spring on the song, Awake My Soul by Mumford & Sons.  I especially am thinking of the lines: “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” And, “You were made to meet your maker.”  (I think I’d give a very different Club talk on this song now, which is interesting in-and-of itself.  Perhaps a blog post for another day.)

For me, in this next chunk of my life (I prefer using the word chunk instead of season these days…but same idea), DESIRE encompasses so much of what I’m thinking about.  Certainly what I want to do on a daily basis (some may call that a career or a calling or a vocation).  But also the manner in which I want to do life.  And who I want to do it with.  And how I want to live out my faith and who God has made me to be.  And how all of these decisions will shape who I am continually becoming.  These are things I know I can’t totally control (if this summer has taught me anything, it’s this), but I also don’t know how to even go about choosing within the agency God freely and joyfully gives me.

DESIRE is a word that makes my head spin, my heart pound, and my eyes start to well up with tears.  It’s a word that honestly terrifies me while also making me hunger for something that I can’t quite put into words.  And much like the little kid in the advertisement, I’m choosing to dive-in.

Finally, another Gaping Void cartoon:


About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.


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