What Is Necessary?

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I’ve been confronted lately with the dramatic difference between needs and wants.

There are so many conflicts worldwide where many people are left without the necessary means to live and provide for their families. We see refugees in many places, trying to escape one area of oppression, and are forced to go to a country where the treatment is equally poor.

The war continues in Ukraine, and people all over the world are contributing to the humanitarian aid for them. Sudan and South Sudan are at war and refugees from both countries are caught in the middle.

Hearing of all the challenges of life around the world has made me aware of how fortunate I am to have a roof over my head and food to put on the table for my family.

The harder question is: Am I satisfied with that?

Too often, I think I “need” more than I actually do. I was at the grocery store, and they had an item I’d planned on buying. Buy one, get one half off. Without thinking, I got both.

I didn’t need the second one. The chances are good I won’t use it before it expires.

We fill our lives with stuff, thinking stuff will satisfy, will fill spaces of loneliness, rejection, or anger. If something is good, more probably is better.

We live in the land of excess. Too often having more makes us want more.

Jesus warned the crowds about wanting more than they needed.

“Speaking to the people, He went on, ‘Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.’” Luke 12:15

Greed leads to a desire for more. Even Solomon commented on the heaviness of accumulating wealth just to have it.

“Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!” Ecclesiastes 5:10

Loving money leads to despair; if that is the focus, there will only be frustration because there will never be enough. Longing for more can lead to an unhealthy obsession for accumulating what isn’t needed.

If there is an abundance, give it away. Share what you’ve been given; steward what you have. Become a conduit of hope for others instead of hoarding what you don’t need.

God loves a cheerful giver, someone who sees the needs of others as more important than gaining more things.

What do you value?

12 responses to “What Is Necessary?”

  1. Alice Fredricks Avatar
    Alice Fredricks

    How true, Dayle, we have so much and still want more! However, we have seen AND experienced the generosity of you and John. “God loves a cheerful giver” and you two exemplify that!! And I know you are blessed because of it!! There’s joy in sharing with others!

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    1. Thanks, Ali–it’s been a chance for me lately to see what we have and seek to be more grateful. I’m studying Luke and I’m in chapter 12–the parable of the rich man followed by His warning to His guys. We can be just as possessive of whatever we have, even if it isn’t much. I’ve had lots to ponder. Thanks for your words.


  2. I agree with Alice. 😊 You ask what I value… I value people like you who turn everyday experiences into visions of Jesus. And then share those stories with others. I love the idea of not just having less stuff but learning to be generous. Such a beautiful lesson to learn. Thanks for being generous with your heart!

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    1. Well, Ter, I end up in good company when I hang with you and Ali. You two remind me of what matters–the value of the things we can’t always hold with our hands, like friends and passion and the love of Jesus. Thanks for your encouragement.

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  3. Thanks for this, Dayle. I think we all are guilty of greed and that is the root of many of the problems we have as a country. You give us a lesson out of everyday experiences as you go through daily life. Your talent along with caring.

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    1. Thanks, El–this has been something I’ve been thinking about for a while, just because of the chance I’ve had to be with so many who have so much less. And yet they live such grateful lives. Gratitude is something I’m seeking to grow in. I appreciate your kindness–always.

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  4. Thank you, Dayle! I appreciate YOUR caring and lessons and prayers so much! Yes, seeing how grateful those who have little are is a lesson for all of us. I am so thankful for you. You are a blessing.

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  5. I really like your thoughts about how we try to use things to fill us up. Very insightful!

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    1. Thanks, Katers. It’s becoming so apparent to me that this is my default. Always. It’s why sanctification takes SO long!


      1. One of my favorite verses: Philippians 1:6 🙂

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  6. My turn to say “Amen!”


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