That’s one statement our middle daughter may never forget. One reason, we intentionally bring it up at just about every family gathering possible.
Our daughter was in a slight panic that day. It seemed as though her paycheck from the library, if I recall correctly, didn’t stretch as far as her young life wanted it to.
Whining to her dad in the hope that he would take pity and fill the void within her wallet didn’t work out quite as planned.
Not only did he tell her no, he also explained why.
As wisdom would have it, it turned out to be a valuable lesson for our daughter, and for me too.
Learning the difference between a want and a true need.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26 NIV
"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers––most of which are never even seen––don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? Matthew 6:30 The Message Bible
God never promised us that He would provide our every want. He did say He is capable of handling our needs.
Being able to rightly distinguish the difference between a need and want is often the challenge.
The smaller house you’ve been able to stay in when others had theirs foreclosed upon. Could the bigger house be more of a want than a need?
The new car would be nicer but the old one still provides adequate transportation. Is the desire for the new car now a want or a need?
Those are just a few examples but we each will certainly have more if we gave it little more thought.
Thankfully, our daughter accepted the no though a little reluctantly
Our daughter had to learn that everything she wanted might not be readily given no matter how strong the plea. We would be better off if we accepted God’s no the same way.
Even though God never promised He would meet our every want we can be honest and say He has provided what we need.
Sonja Burketh, Inspirational Speaker and Writer
Founder of Daily Moment of Thought online daily devotional.
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