I woke up this morning thinking about needs. Well, actually, I woke up thinking about coffee, but that transitioned quickly into thinking about needs. It’s so easy for the things we want to turn into things we think we NEED! As the morning and the day stretched on, I turned my mind to some of the many other needs I’ve encountered lately.
I talked with a friend yesterday who needs $600,000 for a surgery. I thought of how I need a waterproof jacket that isn’t neon yellow. I thought of how I need something to eat for lunch. Whenever such things pass through my mind, I take a visit to India. The people I met and the lives they lead have become a measurement of need to me. I hold other needs up to the ruler of India to see how far they stretch. Do I need a new jacket as much as those people need clean water to drink? Do I need a dishwasher as much as they need food to put on their dishes? Does anybody need anything as much as we all need Jesus?
One needs, (there it is again), to be careful how far down that path we travel. They are good things to consider, but the natural tendency toward guilt is dangerous. It is possible to go too far. We all know that too much of a good thing can be bad, and I think we all ought to explore our own limits as to what we truly need. And then, when perhaps we have eliminated some of those frivolous wants, let us turn and see if there is some way we can meet the real needs of the people around us.