Thursday, July 16, 2015

See a need. Fill a need.

Charity: seeing a need and filling it with love, NEVER faileth.

I have always loved that quote. We will always bless others when are there to help them. We all have needs and will try to fill them in any way we can. Sometimes people turn to negative things like pornography, drugs, eating to much, tv, etc to fill those needs. These methods don't help!! A quote my teacher shared was "you can never get enough of what you don't need because what you don't need will never and cannot satisfy you". This is why we get addicted to things. We turn to something looking for relief or fulfillment but aren't getting that so we increase the amount of what we are addicted to trying to reach that satisfied point. We will never actually reach that satisfied point until we turn to what is real.  Revelations chapter 7 verses 16 and 17 say: "They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more;.... For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." I think this is beautiful. I know that it's only what God can give us that can truly meet our needs.
Mr. Popkins talks about five needs we all have. They are: contact and belonging, power, protection, challenge, and withdrawal. When these needs are not met people tend to rebel, go to great lengths to get attention, take a lot of risks, might try to get revenge, etc. We don't want this!! To healthily respond to these needs we can offer contact freely, teach others to contribute, give responsibility, teach assertiveness and forgiveness, help develop skills, and show by example how to take a break and then get right back into work. When we choose to respond to needs in this way we can avoid a lot of heartache and headaches.
I know that as we pray we will receive help to recognize the needs of those around us and know how to respond to them.

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