How Much Do You Need?

My 3 year old daughter Corbyn has a very strong personality. Anyone she has met can attest to her energetic, strong and loving personality. She has me wrapped around her finger many times over, and she knows it. You could say that she can ask me for something and she usually gets it.

A few weeks ago, as I was rocking her to sleep, Corbyn asked if she could have several of her stuffed animals in bed with her. I knew if she put all the stuffed animals in her toddler bed, she would not have room to sleep, so I said no. Corbyn didn’t like the idea, but after begging a few times to no avail, she accepted the decision.

Thankfully the lights were out. I would have been toast if I could have seen her blue eyes & curls begging me for a stuffed animal slumber party.

Before heading to bed, I peeked into her room and to see if she was asleep. As I opened the door, I noticed a myriad of stuff animals surrounding Corbyn in her bed while she slept.

The next morning, I went into her room to wake her up for the day. Not surprised, I found Corbyn in her bed and all of her stuffed animals on the floor.  What she thought she needed to help her sleep, was unnecessary… maybe even a hindrance.

Do you have anything in your life you feel is a need, but later is thrown aside?

God places desires in our heart. But when the desires go to fill our own needs, they take away from better opportunities in our lives.

I ran across a shocking example of filling a void with a desire about a year ago. A story was posted on a local TV station’s website titled “Life is short. Have an affair.” The story described a website who promoted affairs to keep a marriage enjoyable. At the time of the story 1.8 million people had signed up for the website.

Could the “need” these people fill their lives with be any more damaging to the true desire God has placed in them for real love?

Galatians 5:16-17

 16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.

What do you believe you need in your life? Is it something that takes you away from the true desires God has placed in you? 
If so, maybe it is time to push it aside and make some space for God to fill the desire.

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