Boy, once you start getting honest with yourself, there’s just no end to it. LOL It seems that there are a whole bunch of people that live life with unmet needs and just like in the other categories of life, folks just aren’t being honest with themselves. I’ve heard people reduce need down to the most basic aspects of life. In other words, all you need is food, water and shelter. People in prison have food, water and shelter! So it must be more than that, right? Then there’s also other people that want to define your need for you. Interestingly, what you need is always a little less than what they have… And, I don’t even want to get into that whole religious mind-set that convinces you everything is greed! Note to self ~ when you have the thought that you are being greedy, you probably aren’t! Greedy people never give greed a second thought. God never said money was evil, by the way. It’s the LOVE of money that is the root system of all evil. Someone on Facebook said recently, “money is evil, so you should always make sure you don’t have too much of it!” LOL really? Here’s a NEWSFLASH people, money is our means of exchange nowadays! Things you need cost money and if you don’t have enough you live with unmet needs. I really believe that God wants us to have an abundance in every category of life, including money. Now hear me out before you accuse me of being Creflo Dollar! Haha Why is it that Christian folk always want to sputter when the discussion of money comes up? And conversely, why do Christian folk go with unmet needs being a child of the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills? If God really is a God of abundance and promises us abundance, why do we work so hard to limit that definition? You see, you can’t really believe God for the abundance He promised until you get that “God wants me poor (suffering, downtrodden, humble)” logic out of your head! Quit the double-talk where you justify not having enough of what you need by saying stuff like, “Well, at least I woke up today!” LOL second NEWSFLASH ~ waking up is normal, not waking up is unusual! Add to that statements like, “Well, abundance isn’t always material things!” Not it’s obviously not always material things, but that’s not a sufficient justification for not having your needs met. See, just not being honest with yourself….
This isn’t a criticism for not having your needs met, however! I too am human and I too have unmet needs! What I’m gettin’ at is, number one, being honest about what your needs are and, two, getting serious about getting those needs met! Look, I’m a parent and if my kids really need something and I have the resources, I buy it! I’ve paid $125 bucks because someone “needed” some Jordans! LOL I didn’t even bother to spend the time and energy to convince them that all they really “needed” was the Chucks (cool slang term for canvas Converse)! So, if I have that kind of love and generosity (yes, generosity because Jordans aren’t in the parent guide), then what about God who has unlimited resources? You’ve got to cleanse your brain of that beggar logic, folks! Here’s a supposition: If God is all-powerful and unlimited in His ability, and if God is my Father and I am His son, and if God loves and cares for His children at least as well as earthly parents do (sarcasm applied on purpose) ~ then what can’t I ask Him for (ask in the sense of believing)? If we are going to apply logic to God (what a thought!) (and, even the word for “The Word” is logos ~ logic) then we need to be honest and carry it all the way through! For example, if I need a car, and believing equals receiving, and I’m responsible for what I believe for, why on earth would I believe to get some old clunker that barely runs and is broken every other day? Because that’s all I can afford? Unmet need appears! Do you get it? Does God want me to drive the clunker that I cannot rely on? Is there a limit to what He can do? Maybe a car won’t appear by the mailbox (“The Secret” slam number 87!) but maybe, just maybe God could work in me to get the money I need to buy the car! The $500 dollar clunker? Noooooooooooooooooo! The one I really need! Say what you want; call me covetous and greedy, but the honest truth is that what “I” need is what “I” need and I am the only one that defines that! Don’t make the mistake of allowing other folks to define that for you!
Being honest with yourself and getting your needs met means that you identify what you need in life and then going out believing that you can and will get it! God is on your side on this one folks! Having your needs unmet is not a normal part of life. You owe it to yourself and the One that promised to supply all of your need, to believe to get your needs met and you have the glorious privilege to decide what those needs are! Old “Job” in the Bible had a lot of stuff as a testimony to what God will do for a man or woman when they believe Him without reservations:
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. Job 1:1-3
Damn Job was greedy, right? LOL I think not! Did old Job really “need” 7000 sheep? Haha probably not, but I bet he had enough resources to not only take care of his life, but to help many other people as well! You see, God wants you to have in abundance so that you can give, not of out of your need, but out of your abundance! It’s not noble to help other people and starve in the process. Have to give!! (Emphasis on that you first have!)
So now is the time to wake up out of that lethargic, limited mind-set and go out and be a winner! Achieve, succeed, be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem! JZ said, “I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them!” Life isn’t about the “haves” and the have-nots!” Life is about learning who God really is and how He really wants you to live! Abundance in everything!
Be the head and not the tail!!!
Just some good thoughts…