“What do you want from life?”
Everyone answers that question differently. What I mean is this. Everyone wants to be happy. There are things we want to accomplish. We want financial security. We want to be in relationships with other people. But we’re all unique, so we all want these different things in different proportions.
Proverbs 14:4 goes like this:
“If there are no oxen the crib is clean, /
But a rich harvest comes through the strength of the ox.”
We Americans have to pause a moment to decode it, because so few of us are involved in farming. The point, however, is clear: the things we want most generally can’t be had by themselves. They come when we do other things that move us toward our real goals.