Titus Two 4 U – Needs vs. Wants

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I was so happy to get an extra hour of sleep this morning! Resetting my clocks after daylight savings time ends is quite thrilling. It’s 7am- wait, no, it’s only 6am!! I am always thinking if I could just add a 25th hour to my day it’d be “perfect”. (Which I realize is like saying, essentially, God should have added an extra hour to the whole earth rotation, which I’m pretty sure fringes on heretical) Anyway, that whole inner dialogue got me thinking about how often I say “I need _________” but when I break it down, it’s really not true. I want ___________. But I don’t need it. Sometimes it’s “stuff” I think I need. But my current “shopping fast” is proving to me it’s not true. (Let me add, as a side note, this is becoming VERY challenging as we approach holidays!! I keep forgetting, truly. Then I remember. Then I have to remind myself why this seemed like a good idea.) Sometimes it’s things for my kids. Sometimes it’s more rest or less stress. Sometimes I think I need more fun in my life. But God was bringing to mind the verse in Proverbs 31 about the wife of noble character last night, and a thought hit me. One of the reasons her family is so taken care of is she prepares for their needs.

I think as an American mama, I sometimes get it backward. I am busy preparing for wants, then the needs get pushed to the back. My kids want fun, new stuff, food they like, time to play. They need spiritual guidance, emotionally present parents, nutritious food/basic clothing. Now these are not necessarily opposed to one another. Sometimes I can provide all of them. But, when I can’t do it all, the needs should trump the wants. It’s easier to see this with my kids than myself however.

I need daily time with Jesus- I want to surf facebook or blog. I need nutritious food- I want dark chocolate and diet coke. I need meaningful relationships with other women who speak truth and love me well- I want friends who like me and are impressed with my efforts. I need a husband who loves me unconditionally- I want a husband who agrees with me.  I need to get a good night’s sleep- I want all the dishes out of the sink or the floor vacuumed. Again, these are not always opposed to one another. But too often I choose what I want over what I need. So as we are in the month of Thankfulness I want to take a minute to thank God for meeting my needs. And ask for His help in choosing to take that portion of provision instead of passing over it to find what I want.

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