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From Wants to Needs to Satisfaction

September 28, 2012

“I have everything I need.” — Psalm 23:1b

One of the advantages of a DVR is that we can fast-forward through commercials.  We sure do that our home.

There are still some favorite ones that have at least one of us reaching for the Remote and the Rewind button.  “You seen this one yet?  It’s hilarious, especially when….”

And we’re still watching commercials.

Advertising fascinates me.  One of my fantasy alternative lives would be spent working in that field.  (That, or being a dentist or managing rock ‘n’ roll bands.  But those are stories for another time.)

You and I know that advertising is usually about at least two things: name brand recognition and creating a felt need.

“You can’t always get what you want/But if you try sometimes/You just might find/You get what you need,” sang Mick Jagger years ago.

Yesterday we lived with the reality of “The Lord is my shepherd.”

Today, let’s be aware what we already enjoy vs. what we think we want.

“I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens,” said our old friend St. Paul  (Philippians 4: 11, International Children’s Bible translation).

From Wants to Needs to Satisfaction.


Do you already have everything you need?

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  1. Janet permalink

    Adam Hamilton’s quote” Lord, help me to be grateful for what I have, to remember that I don’t need most of what I want, and that joy is found in simplicity and generosity,” is my new mantra. Remembering this helps me make lots of decisions.


  2. Patty Scheets permalink

    This is good honey.

    Sent from my iPad


  3. Nanette permalink

    A couple of days ago, my friend who lost her husband a couple of months ago, posted on her blog the title, “Wants vs. Needs”. In it, even with so little time from the unexpected and tragic loss, she was trying to sort through the two. One that hangs with me is her decision that his arms around her are a want and not a need. She is on a self-pledge, of sorts, to work the grief steps in the order given, be done with that step, and move on. In my grief support, my position is not to argue with her, but to let her do it her way and be ther opened armed when the inevitable crash comes. And from my experience and education, it will come. She is caught between this self-made pledge and friends pulling her to make impulsive, future regrettable, major changes all at once and listening to the still, small voice of God.

    She is a believer and she has relied heavily upon him through this nightmare, just weeks shy of 25 years of marriage, 50 years of age, one grandchild, another on the way and an mortal unforeseen cliff. I would ask you hold her and her sons and granddaugher(s) in your prayers as she winnows her way through the forest of grief. I think of it as the forest on Wizard of Oz appeared to my child’s eye mind; just as scary and just as twisted.

    Where the hugs are concerned, the ones from my dad are still a need and when I REALLY need one, I feel those strong, firm around my shoulders…a story for another story.

    Love this line Joe!


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