Do I Really Need This?
Wants vs. Needs
Jane Mullikin

  

It’s often difficult to determine if we really need something or if it’s just something we want to own.  Many times we make purchases that we absolutely have to possess only to greatly regret the purchase when the bill comes in.

If it is something we really didn’t have to have and the price means giving up something far more important, then we have lost twice.  We have lost because of the financial bind and we have lost because the thing we possess has lost its luster as a result of the financial pain.

Here’s a barometer of "Do I Really Need This?" that truly works every time.

I know beautiful twin sisters living in a Caribbean country.  Madeline and Emmanuela Aurelieu are preteens who want all the things that pretty preteens want.  Unfortunately, their homeland was hit hard by a hurricane about a year and a half ago.  That Christmas the gift money they received from their school sponsor was used to buy a goat for the family.  When they received their birthday money from the sponsor, it was used to buy a turkey and a goose for the family.

Since learning of Madeline and Emmanuela’s gifts to their family, I have begun to use the girls as a gauge for my own purchasing decisions.  Do I need new clothes as much as a child somewhere needs an educational sponsor?

Do I need extended cable TV as much as a child somewhere needs an educational sponsor?  It is amazing how many things have dropped off my "need" and onto my "want" list using this measurement.  Even better is the fact that things not purchased under this standard are never ever missed. 
God promises to cover our needs.  He does not promise to cover our "wants."

* * * * *

Jane Mullikin has a beautiful site at http://www.spiritualsisters.com.  Give her a visit--you'll definitely be glad you did!  You'll find many articles from many different writers on a great variety of topics.  Enjoy!!

  
   


 
welcome page - contents - gallery - obstacles - quotations
 the people behind the words - our current e-zine
  articles and excerpts - Daily Meditations, Year Two - Year Three
     

Sign up for your free daily spiritual or general quotation

   

  
®

All contents © Living Life Fully®, all rights reserved.

   

HOME - contents - Daily Meditations - abundance - acceptance - achievement - action - adversity - advertising - aging - ambition
anger - anticipation - anxiety - apathy - appreciation - arrogance - art - attitude - authenticity - awakening - awareness - awe
balance - beauty - being yourself - beliefs - body - brooding - busyness - caring - celebration - challenges -
change - character
charity - children - choices - Christianity - coincidence - commitment - common sense - community - comparison - compassion
competition - complaining - compliments - compromise - confidence - conformity - conscience - contentment - control - cooperation
courage - covetousness - creativity - crisis - criticism - cruelty -  death - decisions - desire - determination - disappointment
discipline - discouragement - diversity - doubt - dreams - earth - education - ego - emotions - encouragement - enlightenment
enthusiasm - envy - eternity - ethics - example - exercise - experience - failure - faith - fame - family - fate - fathers - fault-finding
fear - feelings - finances - flowers - forgiveness - freedom - friendship - frustration - fun - the future - garden of life - gardening
generosity - gentleness - giving - goals - God - goodness - grace - gratitude - greatness - greed - grief - growing up - guilt - habit
happiness - hatred - healing - health - heart - helpfulness - home - honesty - hope - hospitality - humility - hurry - ideals - identity
idleness  - idolatry - ignorance - illusion - imagination - impatience - individuality - the inner child - inspiration - integrity - intimacy
introspection - intuition - jealousy - journey of life - joy - judgment - karma - kindness - knowledge - language - laughter - laziness
leadership - learning - letting go - life - listening - loneliness - love - lying - magic - marriage - materialism - meanness - meditation
mindfulness - miracles - mistakes - mistrust - moderation - money - mothers - motivation - music - mystery - nature - negative attitude
now - oneness - open-mindedness - opportunity - optimism - pain - parenting - passion - the past - patience - peace - perfectionism
perseverance - perspective - pessimism - play - poetry - positive thoughts - possessions - potential - poverty - power - praise
prayer
- prejudice - pride - principle - problems - progress - prosperity - purpose - reading -recreation - reflection - relationships
religion - reputation - resentment - respect - responsibility - rest - revenge - risk - role models - running - ruts - sadness - safety
seasons of life - self - self-love - self-pity - self-reliance - self-respect selfishness - serving others - shame - silence - simplicity
slowing down - smiles -solitude - sorrow - spirit - stories - strength - stress - stupidity - success - suffering - talent
the tapestry of life - teachers - thoughts - time - today - tolerance - traditions - trees - trust - truth - unfulfilled dreams - values
vanity - virtue - vulnerability - walking - war - wealth - weight issues - wisdom - women - wonder - work - worry - worship
youth - spring - summer - fall - winter - Christmas - Thanksgiving - New Year - America - Zen sayings - articles & excerpts
Native American wisdom - The Law of Attraction - obstacles to living life fully - e-zine archives - quotations contents
our most recent e-zine - Great Thinkers - the people behind the words

  

We have some inspiring and motivational books that may interest you.  Our main way of supporting this site is through the sale of books, either physical copies or digital copies for your Amazon Kindle (including the online reader).  All of the money that we earn through them comes back to the site in one way or another.  Just click on the picture to the left to visit our page of books, both fiction and non-fiction!