14 August 2018
Negating Needs ~ Practical Possession
Greetings Dear Reader,
During the ten years I taught information technology classes I would counsel my students about the dangers of the ever-expanding hardware offerings. One of the practical things I offered was to refrain from looking at computer prices for six months after purchasing a new computer. You will always find something better and less expensive if you do look.
Too often we would be discussing an advance in hard drives or video cards and a student would proclaim, “I need that $500 video card.” This would always trigger a discussion of want versus need. There are times when one needs to legitimately update one’s video card. Wanting better colour and resolution does not constitute a need.
This is just one example of the ways in which we turn wants into needs in our own minds. Having spent a year unemployed and needing to watch every penny, I have been reminded how simple my needs truly are. A major step in negating needs is to realize that most things we think are needs are merely wants. I convince myself that I need something because I want it so badly.
This has resulted in me possessing too many things. If I am going to learn what I truly need to continue the journey well I need to diminish the material things in my life. I need to clearly define the line between want and need when it comes to things.
There is a time for us to indulge our wants. Even under the law there is a command to use some of what we earn to purchase “whatever our heart desires.” The important thing is to understand where that line is. If I am honest then I will know it. If there are things I want I can save toward them. More important is that I learn to mitigate my wants and attend to my genuine needs. That will lighten the load so that I can follow Christ more closely.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
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