Needs vs Wants
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. — Philippians 4:11-13 NIV
These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing. — 2 Corinthians 4:17 CEV
Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? — Luke 12:25-26 RSV
Be strong and brave, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, because the Lord God, my God, is with you. —1 Chronicles 28:20 NCV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. — Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
We spend a lot of time saying “if only I or we, or the world would…” fill in the blank. The quotes above counter those “if only” longings. We worry if our church will close, if we have enough food, money, status, etc. Remember, no one knows God’s plans or mind. “If only” are our issues, not God’s. How can we change “if only” to what ways has Christ has provided contentment in our lives? How might we look to what is provided than what is wanted? We are granted what God what sees we need, not necessarily what we desire or think we need. So don’t be fearful, or constantly in an “if only” way of life. It takes courage to do this, so I wish you courage in changing how you move in your life’s journey.
Blessings, Nancy Trimble Deacon.
Excerpts from Trade Your Cares for Calm by Max Lucado.