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Friday, February 23, 2018


Want or Need?
Pastor B.J. Knefley

I want, therefore I need. Sound familiar? How many of us have convinced ourselves that we needed something that we really didn’t? It doesn’t matter what it is, we can always turn a want into a need. For me it’s, well it used to be books, now it’s electronics or some new gadget. I’d like to say that I’ve gotten better as I’ve gotten older but I haven’t.

I first wrote about this subject in the mid ninety’s, and although the days have changed, the issue hasn’t. We purchase things for a variety of reasons. Often it’s not about what we need, but rather what we want. Soon after the glitter wears off, a new and better item comes along and we’re no longer satisfied with the old. Sometimes it seems like it’s been just days and they’ve come out with an upgraded model. Just purchased a new phone? A new one is coming out with more bells and whistles. That new car, yes it too will be replaced with a newer model. I can’t think of anything that doesn’t get replaced by a newer model.

I’ve wondered if perhaps some of the sadness and depression that people experience is not caused by the difference of what we have, verses what we want. Look at social media, how many have more friends than we have or get more likes and comments than our posts do. How often to we gauge our value and worth by these things. We want and need friends, but do we really have any? Just because I have over a thousand friends of Facebook doesn’t mean I have any real friends. I may just sit at home every night alone. So although we want and need, we have neither.

Everyone gets hooked. We all succumb to the newest fad, the bigger and better item. But what do we ultimately gain? Are we satisfied? Do we have everything we need because we certainly won’t have everything we want? Christ simply said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God”. Seems simple enough so why don’t we do it? Is it because we don’t believe that it will satisfy, that it won’t be enough? We are a fickle people. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like recycled material...

Anonymous said...

Nice piece though. Religion vs. Capitalism. As we age, we tend to downsize and focus on what's more important. Material things only go so far. Lighten the load, ease the burden, and focus on humanity and the divine, not material goods.