she’s the “wanting-est” person I know

“Wanting-est” is a word that my mother made up.  She used it to describe my sister during those teen years and typically remarked at the same time, “I believe she lies awake at night thinking of things that she wants!”

Who is the “wanting-est” person that you know?  If we’re honest, many of us can readily identify ourselves as the one who is never satisfied.  We live a culture that highly esteems self-improvement, and so we constantly feel the need to update our bodies, wardrobes, electronics, music libraries, homes, vehicles, and the list goes on.

Has the pursuit of more or better put a strain on your marriage?  There have been times that my “suggestions” have brought unnecessary stress to my husband.  Like any husband, Jon wants desperately to provide well for his family, and when my desires exceed his ability to make that happen, he fears disappointing us.  But here’s the good news:  I trust his judgment and know that he wants to be financially responsible.  I wouldn’t want him to give in to ever whim of mine.  God has positioned him as the head to ensure that we do not spend carelessly.

In recent years, when I have entertained the notion of getting something new, I can clearly hear the Holy Spirit whisper, “Take care of what you have.”  For some of us, that may mean washing and waxing the car.  It may mean cleaning out drawers and ironing clothes that have been out of sight and out-of-mind!  Perhaps taking care of what we already have may mean cleaning off the computer hard drive of unnecessary files.

As I thought again on this exhortation today, I wondered if there is a scriptural truth to support it.  The Lord knew my heart’s pondering and satisfied it with this verse: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you'” (Hebrews 13:5).

Maybe being the “wanting-est” person is not such a bad thing if it means having a desire for more of Him!  In such a state of continual want, we will be satisfied.   God Himself promises us- He is always with us!

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