There was an old song years ago entitled: Getting What You Want But You’re Losing What You Got”. Though I couldn’t find the lyrics to it, while searching google I did find the lyrics to a song by Coldplay: “FIX YOU” which shares some of the message I attempt to convey in these writings.

Partial Lyrics:

“When you try your best but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want but not what you need
When you feel so tired but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse

When the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Tears stream down your face
When you lose something you cannot replace
Tears stream down your face
And I

Tears stream down your face
I promise you I will learn from all my mistakes
Tears stream down your face
And I

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you”

Sometimes in life we get what we want but at what expense? Oftentimes while getting what we want we lose precious things and people that we have. And the question becomes is what I want really worth it? Am I truly happy?

When answering the questions many times you decide that it is worth it and other times you realize that it’s not. What do I mean by the latter?

If you’re pursuing fame or fortune, the cost is often way too much as you stand to lose great relationships, sleep, money, and so much more. You’re getting what you want but you’re losing what you have. Is it worth it? For some it may be, others perhaps not.

On the other hand, if you are pursuing YOUR PURPOSE, you stand to possibly lose some of the same things BUT there is a huge difference. The things that appear to be lost are not actually gone. When one pursues their purpose, everything that’s “lost” is actually an investment and does come back to the individual multiple times over and over again. Remember in a prior message I mentioned an investment yields a return. Remember the story of Job.

Know the difference.

My advice to you is to identify and pursue YOUR PURPOSE and never go after FAME or FORTUNE. In doing the first, what appears to be loss is actually gain. In doing the second, you may actually end up getting what you want but losing what you have that can be irreplaceable.

Learn from the mistakes that’s been made and correct them. It’s not too late.

Allow the tears that stream from your face to turn from tears of sorrow into tears of joy. Tears of sorrow sometimes accompany pursuit of fame: tears of joy comes in pursuit of purpose or passion. Either way, tears will be shed, but allow them to be or become tears of joy. Get what you want but not at the expense of losing what matters most.

The light that guides you home is the light of love of our Father which gently leads and guides us into truth. Allow Him to light a fire in your bones, one that burns ever so intensely for Him. And He will fix you. As He does, allow his light to shine in and through you.

Spend or invest the time you have now in getting what you want as you pursue your purpose. You won’t lose. You WIN!!!

Yes, in life in pursuit of either, we will lose some people as God calls each of us home. That’s a given and there’s nothing we can do about it. We will lose some people as we go from one level to another. That’s also a natural part of life. We may possibly see our health decline as we age. That’s also a part of the cycle of life. But what we stand to gain is eternal life with our Father and hearing him say “Well done thy good and faithful servant” as we come to the end of this life as we know it and transition to eternal life.

The word says what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul.

The word also tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and ALL of these things shall be given or added unto us.

Now just to clarify, I am definitely not saying that there is anything wrong with having FAME or FORTUNE. Actually, I honestly believe that both many times come as you pursue your purpose. I am saying that I believe, and notice I said “I believe” that this is not what we should seek after but rather find, identify and pursue our purpose.

Get what you want! Give yourself and others what they need as God leads, and you not only win but you help so many others to win. You no longer have to lose.

Just a little something to think about.


Coldplay is a British Rock Band hailing from London, England.