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Desire Vs. Need

March 8, 2009

I have been thinking about this for a while now.  I really don’t have much of a plan for this post so I guess we will just see where it goes.  It’s just something that has been on my mind.  We all know there is a major difference between the things that we want and the things that we need.  Maybe I want an HD 1080p big screen TV.  Do I need that?  (KK don’t read this next part.  Please skip ahead to the next paragraph.)  No.  I don’t need that.  Maybe I want one of the new Jeep Unlimited 4×4, 4 doors to be my dad car when we have kids.  Do I need that?  (KK, I told you to stop reading this…so stop now!)  No.  I don’t.  I want to play poker for a living (as if I’m good enough).  I want my wife to receive a flag at my funeral and be thanked for my service to the country.  I want to be in a band.  I want to be an excellent marksman.  I want to find a deodorant that isn’t the white crap that gets all over everything but still works.  I want Transformers 2 to come out now so I don’t have to wait.  The list could go on and on.  You know.  I’m sure there are things on your list, too (assuming I’m not the only person in the world that likes cool stuff).But what about the needs.  Obviously we could talk about the things that we all know we need.  We need oxygen or we die.  We need food or we die.  We need love.  We need Jesus.  These are all basic things that we all know that we need.  We don’t always think about these things.  Oxygen is something we don’t ever think about, unless you are like my sweet wife and you get claustrophobic at random times and worry that you can’t breath (or the less likely situation of doing an obstacle course and falling off of some big balls into water and losing your breath because you hit so hard only to be submerged into water immediately following).  We all know our own needs for food.  They vary.  What about other things.  Jobs?  Friends?  Not living in Texas?  A beer?  Yeah ok.  The beer doesn’t really fall under this category.  It should probably be classified as a desire.  (Of course I could go down this road to things that start as desires and end up as unhealthy needs like drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, pornography, etc. but that could be a whole different blog).

Ok so we agree that there are things that are desires and things that are needs.  What about the things that you can’t tell which category to put them in.  I’m not talking about the things that start as desires and end as unhealthy needs.  I mean things that are truly good things.  Why is it so hard sometimes to tell if they are desires of our hearts or things that God has placed there for us to want.  I’m not gonna go into detail about any of these things because its just not the place for that.  God knows these things that I’m struggling with.  That’s all that really matters.  Apparently this blog is just my manly diary so I’m writing my thoughts out.  Maybe you are dealing with something like this, too.  I’m sure there can be all kinds of reasons our desires may seem like our needs.  I just don’t wanna fool myself into justifying my wants and desires as things that I must have or do.  Deep down inside I want to let go of the things that I want and strive for the things that God wants for me.  Now I just have to convince the rest of me to shut up and let God speak to me.

What about you?  What things do you believe God has placed a desire in your heart for and not just something you want?  House?  Jobs?  Promotions?  Relationships?  Kids?  Money?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kara-Kae permalink
    March 9, 2009 12:32 PM

    i love your heart. and i’m pretty sure God wants you to buy me that $11 mil house we found. And I’m so with you on all these things, what an interesting place we’re at in life. i love you!

  2. Brenda permalink
    March 9, 2009 1:31 PM

    I think God has placed a want for my daughter to live in OK in my heart. Okay, maybe that is just me. A wise friend once told me that
    sometimes we have to learn that God will give us what we “want” even when it
    isn’t his will so he can teach us about “real” faith.
    I am praying for you.

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