Each Friday, the Five Minute Friday community gets together online and writes for five minutes. Timed and unedited we write, then post. I strive to participate each week, whether I post here or on Instagram. At times, these writing sessions bring more than five minutes of writing; but regardless of what it looks like for me as a writer, my hope is that for you it brings encouragement and direction as you seek to live a faith-filled and purposeful life.
- (verb) to be under obligation; to require
- (noun) a situation or time of difficulty; a lack of something necessary or required; a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation
To need something or someone can be a very humbling experience. So many of us desire to be independent, free of the constraints that come when we must rely on another person or device.
Yet, what if we did not view this as a constraint, but rather as the freeing thing it can be. Not that being reliant on another does not have its drawbacks. It can be frustrating and disappointing for, after all, we live in and among those that are failable creatures who do not always nor can always fulfill what we feel we need.
But what if we viewed our need of others, rather than a necessary evil or frustatig curse we must bare; but as a joy that we are able to allow them to assist us. We can be a source of encouragement as we allow others to aid us in the areas they are best equipped to do so. There is no one person who can do all things well. There are those who are very skilled and can do a variety of things excellently, but I dare to say that if we really examined their life and saw into who they really are we would see that there is some area they do not excel. Some space in their life where they need another.
So needs may not be so much a curse but a blessing. Rather than a necessary burden, an opportunity for others to serve us.
continuing on . . .
When I consider the reality of needs in light of cultivating a purposeful living, it becomes clear that, as we begin to cultivate life, we know what the needs are for that life. Like starting on a hike, one needs to know where the end of the path is. It may not need be clear, and it may alter a bit as one’s travels; but when beginning, is it not important to know where you are going?
So in cultivating life, one should have at least a rough idea of what that life is.
The most basic of life needs for us as humans is to connect and relate with God. He created us for that purpose, and the beginning of a life of eternal impact is begun here. Sustaining life is a very close second to our need of communion with God. We can not live without the basics of food, water, clothing, and shelter. To have this then dictates that we must work in a way that will help to supply those needs.
So often, this is where we stop. We get absorbed in what we are doing to meet our physical needs, even meeting those needs that really are not necessary. They are the extras of life that we have somehow tricked ourselves into thinking are needed. Moving beyond our spiritual and physical needs, we have a need for community, mental growth, emotional health, and the capacity to contribute well to the people around us. Are these also, not needs? They may not be as screamingly obvious as our physical needs. And we can survive longer without meeting those needs, but they are very real part of our human existence. If we neglect them long enough our lives become merely a survival and not the thriving existence we were designed to have.
So what are your needs? The ones you know you are a better version of yourself when fulfilled? Consider what your survival needs are, and then add in the thriving needs. Maybe find what aspect of a thriving life (a faith-filled, purposeful life) may need some cultivating.