Needs/Wants At Christmas

How much do we need? What do we need? For many of us, if we are honest we may say, “I don’t need anything.” But that’s not a good way to think during Christmas, is it? I’m being sarcastic, of course. But, Christmas giving isn’t always about need… frequently it’s about something we want… we don’t have to need it… we want it.
For example; I am working part-time in a local department store during the Christmas season. Yesterday, I was straightening some clothes on a particular table. As I did, a man and a woman were looking at some shirts on a rack. I overheard the lady say, “He doesn’t have one this color…”
So, whomever they were buying for, evidently already had some clothes… and it sounded like this person had some clothing with the same pattern as the clothing they were thinking about buying but, they didn’t have that article of clothing in that particular color.”
I thought, “evidently, that person doesn’t need another shirt… but it’s Christmas and like most of us… they think they have to buy this person something.” And, that’s what the commercial side of Christmas is built on. Need is not the issue… merchants don’t want need to be the issue… It’s want’s that is the issue.
Recently, my wife was talking to one of my sisters about Christmas gifts. My sister said, “They don’t NEED anything.”
Most of us don’t.
This morning, I read two verses from Proverbs that I’ve never seen before… The verse reads, “…give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” (Proverbs 30:8-9).
Those are two powerful verses… “give me neither poverty nor riches… just give me enough to provide for my needs.”
So, what are you asking the Lord for? Basic provision or extravagance? There is nothing wrong with wealth as long as it doesn’t become our God. But our prayer should be for the Lord to give us our “daily bread.” If He chooses to bless us beyond that, then praise Him for it.

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