Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wants and Needs

God doesn't give us what we want.

I want relief.
I want the easy way out.
I want things to work out the way I imagine.
I want instant answers and healing and solutions that makes sense.
I want happiness and nights uninterrupted by anxiety and harmony in my home at all times.
I want my husband to find me irresistible, my children to hang on my every word and people everywhere to find me perfectly charming.

But God loves me too much to give me what I want. He gives me what I need.

I need humility, painful molding which is no fun, no fun at all, but necessary.
I need to learn patience, and, MAN, is it annoying.
I need trust, requiring a track record of scary situations.
I need faith, built by believing above all odds, though I don't see.
I need to learn obedience, acquired one difficult choice at a time.
I need to be sacrificial, putting others ahead of myself.

Why must what I want be so different than what I need? He's shaping me into something better, something grander than I can imagine. How can I be upset about that?

Do you wish God would give you what you want instead of what you need? Ever think there must be a reason?

. . . your Father knows what you need . . .

Matthew 6:8

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Photo Credit: Kathy Cassidy


Denise said...

Great post.

Julie said...

This post reminded me of a story I read on Anne Voskamp's website awhile back...

And the quote at the end by Charles de Foucauld:

"Whatever You may do, I will thank You. I am ready for all; I accept all. Let only Your will be done in me...And I'll ask for nothing else, my Lord."

May this be the prayer of all Christians everywhere in every time and every place, every nation, tribe, and tongue. Amen.

Kathleen said...

This kind of goes with My One Word - Contentment. Why can't I be content with what God gives me? Why do I always want more....? Great questions! Thanks for giving me so much to think about.

LAURIE said...

how I loved your post. If I were to make a list, no doubt my "wants" would not match my "needs". Im so thankful that God knows exactly what I need. Happy TT!