@Sgpage, I can relate to what you’re saying. I’ve been working through something similar in my life this summer, a desire that God is asking me to sacrifice for Him. At first I felt like it was sinful of me to have the desire, and it definitely is wrong when the desire is too strong and encroaches on my love for God. However, I realized the thing I desire is in some ways a very good thing.
With that in mind, I’m choosing to think of it as a gift I’m giving to God. It’s a beautiful thing that I’m willing to surrender, to hand over as a present to God because I love Him more.
Many of the pleasures you desire will be the same. God created pleasure. It is good. And when you give your pleasures to God, you bring joy to your Father’s heart. In Philippians 4:18 Paul described a gift from the Philippian church as “a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God” (ESV).
Imagine that. Our feeble sacrifices please the almighty God.