In her book, Constantly Craving: How to Make Sense of Always Wanting More, Marilyn Meberg takes a look at the cravings and desires we have and explores where they came from. She talks about romance, marriage, and friendship. She also mentions that oft-repeated statement that women marry their fathers and men marry their mothers. She explains that we are drawn to attributes that we like and/or are familiar with. She describes her husband’s personality by explaining various characteristics that he has that match either her father or mother.
With each area she approaches, she explains the craving, why we have the craving, and some ways to come to terms with the craving. The cravings in and of themselves are not necessarily negative, but the way we handle them can be.
She tells a story about putting ladybugs out to protect her plants from aphids and compares the story to finding God’s purpose in our lives. Ladybugs crawling around a shower have little purpose, but ladybugs in the garden are doing their job. She tells us that when we crave purpose in our lives, the answer to that craving is found in God. And that is really the whole point of the book.
This book is really very interesting on a psychological level, but we can take much of it for ourselves and learn about the desires that we have. I recommend for you try it out and explore your own desires, knowing that it all comes back to finding our purpose in God and allowing Him to fulfill our desires.
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