Needs 

It’s Monday morning. Or at least it is here in Northern Ireland. I’m about to get up. I’m not so sure about seizing the day but I’ll at least try to face it. I’m on call (boo) but all my sports teams won at the weekend (yay). Even the Redskins which proves there must be a God. It may be cold, dark and miserable out there but I have a lot to be thankful for. It promises to be a good week.

I felt pretty rough at church last night where the visiting speaker, Jason Vallotton from Bethel Church in Redding, California, spoke about needs and gifts. In hindsight I think I was dehydrated after yesterday’s half marathon. I drink waaaaaay too much Diet Coke and hardly any water. This meant I was feeling tired and had a headache by the time of the evening service. 

I needed water. When I arrived home later I drank some and immediately felt a bit better. It was that simple. We all have needs in life. They can be simple or they can be complex. And by needs I’m not talking about a new sports car or clothes wardrobe. I’m talking about real needs. Hydration of the soul. Failure to do so leaves us alone and miserable. For seeds of love and hope to take root and grow there we need spiritual sustenance.


The first step is to recognise our needs. We need to swallow our pride and humbly accept that we need help, that we cannot go it alone. Only then can we hope to develop and flourish as the people we were created to be. Failure to do so equates to failing at life. Turning our backs on our needs or thinking we can muddle through on our own is damaging to both ourselves and those who love us.

I see people every day in desperate need of spiritual sustenance. Yet when help is available they turn their backs on it, preferring instead to wallow in self pity, anger and unforgiveness. They allow the lying voice in their head to warp their thinking. They let down the drawbridge and allow the enemy inside. To do what he does best. Wreak havoc and destroy everything that is pure and good.

We all have giftings. Somewhere today there is a person with a need which is perfectly matched by your gifting. You are the missing piece in their jigsaw. But just as we need to open our eyes and realise our needs we must also identify and nurture our giftings. Be it baking, running or writing they can all be used to help others in need. As long as they are underpinned with love.

We need to love more. Love ourselves more by recognising our needs and reaching out for help. And loving others more by sharing our giftings with them. We need to use our earthly bodies to make an impact on this broken planet. When all around us the world is falling apart we need to dig in and start building. Before it is too late.

We need love. We are gifted to love. So love.

Romans 12:9 – ‘Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.’

Are you ignoring your needs?

What are your giftings and how can you use them for good today?

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  1. This really hit home today. I had a rough evening and made some bad choices. Depression is at every door I open. Everyone around me is struggling and sad. As a very empathic person, this serves to elevate my own depression. Thanks for this post. My gifting is writing and luckily it’s something I feel called to go to spread awareness about my mental illness. Peace, Ginger

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  2. We definitely need to love others more. There can never be enough of that! But your words that struck me as well, were that we need to love ourselves more by recognizing our needs and reaching out to others for help. This reminded me of something my counsellor told me in one of my first sessions – Jesus instructed us to love our neighbour as ourself. As ourself. Sometimes that is actually the more difficult to do, but if we don’t, the love we do extend to others will be a watered down version from ourselves and not reflect Christ’s extravagant love.

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  3. A definite spiritual need of mine is prayer. Whether it’s for me or others, being thankful or lost, talking to the Lord is something I need to do and would be a different person without. At my church, I work with the kids and really enjoy it, but attendance has been down lately and that got me discouraged. Recently, I have been praying that more kids would come to church, and yesterday, we had about twice as many as usual, with the regulars as well as some who hadn’t come in a while and some i had never seen before! Hallelujah! It feels so good when God responds to prayer.

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  4. I am ignoring my needs of adding carbs to my diet. The anorexic voice inside my head forbids me to have them. However i managed to force half a bread roll in to my mouth today at lunch time. It is a need for future health that i must carry on doing. This may sound so insignificant to some but to the world i am in at the moment it is the most difficult thing.
    Peace and Love for your week

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  5. What we often think we need is the exact opposite of what we really do. For instance I realized I “need” an aweful lot of caffeine these days to stay awake and focused – but what I actually need is more sleep and less spreading myself thin. This post is another affirmation as to what the Lord has been saying to me – listen to your needs. Thank you !🙏🏻

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