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I am for the most part a pretty content individual.  The simple reason being that as time has gone by, I have realized more and more that the true blessings of God come in relational rather than physical form.  The greatest of these being the relationship the Lord has forged with me.  He draws me ever closer to Him when I am willing to be led in His direction.

This is not to say that I do this well or all the time.  But overall, as God has made clearer to me the line between my wants vs. my needs, I have come to a far greater realization of His peace and goodness toward me.  He is making me more aware that His presence is the blessing, not the things I may think I want in the moment.

A great example of this comes from my past.  As many of you know, I have been sober for nearly 29 years, by the grace of God.  When I emerged from detox and then rehab in the early summer of 1991, I did so with a grateful yet still quite naïve heart.  Afterall, I was living a new life and everything was going to be alright.  Though those things have proved to eb true in the ensuing years, the road to it was always smooth.

You see, along with this new-found lease on life, I always stepped into the reality of the damage my drinking had caused.  Far too many to go into any detail in this space, I’ll focus then on just one: the pile of debt I had accumulated.  Realizing the 12 Step program placed a great emphasis on making amends for my actions, I knew I had to do something about all this money I owed.

God supplied my needs immediately.  A friend called to tell me he had put in a good word for me with a mutual acquaintance who just happened to be a supervision at one of our local nuclear plants.  I was given the job on my friends recommendation and I was on my way to making reparations.

One small issue remained, however.  I had no vehicle to drive back and forth to get to my new job.  “No worries,” I thought, “this God I’m coming to know has it all under control.”  I even started to pray, asking that He might see His way clear to get me a nice new shiny ride.

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Enter the lesson on wants v. needs.  Though the pictured 1991 convertible Corvette was my first choice, the Almighty had something a bit more humbling in mind.

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Though not an exact replica, you can get the idea.  Another friend heard of my plight and offered his 1975 Chevy Malibu to me for the grand sum of $100.  Figuring that the Corvette would have to wait, I grabbed the winter rat.

It dutifully fulfilled the need, even without floorboards and only being to get in and out through the passenger side door.  It stated and ran the 35-mile round trip without a hiccup that entire first year.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t realize it then, but the passage of time has made this, and many other blessings God has sent my way, more visible.

In fact, it brings yet another truth of God’s word home to me:

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV)

What I looked at in 1991 was my temporary transportation to and from work.  Though it came in the form of a beat up 1975 Chevelle, in fact it was one the early and long-lasting lessons God has taught me concerning the difference between my wants and my needs.  He does indeed meet all my needs according to his glorious riches (Philippians 4:19 NIV). As I learn to trust Him more and more, the distinction between what I need v. what I want is getting easier to see.  A great blessing indeed!

How has/is God blessing you regarding in this way? I’d love to read about it.

Thanks for reading,

Pastor Chuck










5 thoughts on “My Wants v. My Needs

    1. Good evening. The blog that you responded on (thanks for that, by the way!) did not have the pictures on it that I had intended. That was the one you responded to. I then re-submitted the post, trying to copy and paste comments from the original. As with most things dealing with technology, I apparently didn’t do it correctly. Sorry about that.
      Pastor Chuck


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