At times I have wanted money, family, to be seen "as important, as smart, as rich, etc" more than I have wanted God.
God Whoever He Is has complete purity in his thoughts, motivations, actions etc. He has only ever wanted you, there is nothing in his heart He wants more than you.
God would not be Who He Is if He did not try to help you live the best life you could live. You are far better off to be unknown, destitute, and physically sick yet represent God by living a life that is pure than to be famous, own the whole world, and be psychically healthy yet misrepresent God by not having purity.
If you have lived in a way that is not pure I believe God wants to help you live in a way that is pure. One of the ways you can allow Him to help you to be pure is to turn back to wanting nothing more than God in your heart.
Psalms 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Purity: wanting nothing more in your heart than God to the same extent that God in his heart wants nothing more than you.
Psalm 24:4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.
Psalm 73:1 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
Isaiah 52:11 Depart, depart, go out from there! Touch no unclean thing! Come out from it and be pure, you who carry the articles of the Lord’s house.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
Philippians 1:10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
Philippians 2:15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
1 Timothy 5:22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
2 Timothy 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Titus 2:5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
Hebrews 7:26 Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
Hebrews 10:22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Hebrews 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James 3:17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
1 John 3:3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.