The Desire of My Heart
Sam E. Stone
Sam E. Stone

By Sam E. Stone

(From our series “The Best or Worst Advice I’ve Ever Received.”)

As a student at Ozark Bible College in the 1950s, I was facing the typical decisions of a college student: What will I do with my life? Where will I serve? Who is the right person to marry?

That last question was really big! I was talking about it with Gerald Bowlin, a missionary friend from Mexico, when he was in
Joplin for the National Missionary Convention. He said, “Sam, let me give you a verse of Scripture.” Then he turned to Psalm 37:4, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

He said, “Rather than asking God for the person you think is right, you need to seek first his will and his glory. When your heart’s desire becomes to please God, then God can give you what your heart desires.” And he did! Gwen and I were married one week after graduation.

Sam E. Stone is former editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD.

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