Children just know they want it. Parents must teach them the difference between a need and a want.
How about you? Are you discerning the difference between needs and wants in your own life?
I want peace. I work for peace. I teach skills on ways to build peace within and without.
But do I need peace? No, I need the God of Peace.
I want good health. I work for health. I eat with health in mind. Well, usually. I exercise seeking to promote health. But do I need health? No, but it sure does make a difference in life.
I want healthy relationships. I work for them. I teach skills in how to develop and grow healthy relationships and how to reduce toxicity.
But all to often my best attempts seem woefully inadequate and I am left needing to accept the choices of another.
Needs and wants.
It’s important to distinguish the difference.
Before you spend huge amounts of time and energy on a want that you might never satisfy, ask yourself this question. Is it a need or a want?
If it’s a want maybe its time to step back and re-evaluate the situation.
If it’s a genuine need, maybe it’s time to move up your efforts.
- Ask yourself if it’s a need or a want. Pray about it.
- Redirect your energy into a more productive area. Be realistic. Accept your humanness. Listen to what the Lord is saying.
- Consult and develop the skills you need in order to become more successful
in satisfying your needs. Pray for wisdom. Consult a coach.
Knowing what you really need will give your life a greater sense of purpose, peace and passion.