Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Cookie Principle

A five year old girl named Lori begins to explain life to her new born brother , Alex. In an article entitled, “The Cookie principle”, Psychologist Robert Currie presents the picture of a young girl who sees her mom and dad as grown-ups who don’t know what they want and can’t make decisions. She sees her mom as someone who doesn’t know what to make for dinner nor what to wear in the morning. Lori sees her dad as a grown –up who sits in his chair with “his ‘mote control and changes channels all the time. He doesn’t know what he wants. Little Lori says:

“Daddy listened to a tape . The man on the tape said people who are ‘cessful figure out what they want and go after it. In that case, I’m going to be real ‘cessful ‘cause I REALLY WANT a cookie.”

In this story, Currie defines the “Cookie Principle” as this: you are most likely to get your cookie if you really want it. The stronger your desire and the sharper your focus, the more likely you’ll achieve success.

Israel’s greatest king, David, applied the truth of the cookie principle in how he lived life. The Bible tells us that even though David’s sins were obvious, so was his passion for wanting, seeking and loving God. His passion was deep and his focus was sharp— He thirsted after God (Psalm 42:1). He wrote: “ONE thing I ask of the Lord , THIS is what I seek…(Psalm 27:4a). How deep is your desire for God? How much do you want intimacy with God? If you thirst, hunger and seek after God, you will not only “find” Him but discover awesome delights of walking in oneness with him. That is why David could speak of the “overflowing cup” in his life (Psalm 23:5) Directed by the Holy Spirit of God, a man named Paul wrote: “Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead , I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me Heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3;13-14).

Do you know what you want? Focus your desire on deepening your relationship with God and desire nothing less than God’s purpose and God’s best for you. What is God’s best for you? It is: to influence others and encourage them into a faith relationship with Jesus. God’s cookie principle – taste and see that the Lord is good! (Psalm 34:8)

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