The question is jarring. Yet it leads to other more uncomfortable questions. Is there just one thing? How do I find it? What do I do once I find it? What will it cost me to do it? What will happen if I don’t?
I have come to believe that inside each of us is a task, something we must do that flows out of who we really one. To find out our identity and then our special task in life is the one precious thing that puts the pieces of our lives together. It is the desire woven into all our other longings.
It made me think about the desire written in my heart to help men, both as fathers and as sons. It made me consider the suffering involved in doing the task as well as letting go of other paths. But more importantly, I am realizing the depth of the desire in me.
For the one desire is not something you could do with your life. It is the one thing you cannot live without doing. And here is the really intriguing thing. When you open the pages of the Bible, you find God calling out men and women to that one precious thing, that one task. It becomes their passion, their quest.
One final note. This is not just a good idea. It’s the one idea that makes everything else in our lives good.