"Thou hast lacked nothing"

A few years ago, a friend of mine set an interesting goal for himself. He said he wanted to remove the words I need from his vocabulary!

It was an understandable comment. We were working together in a brand-new department; we had a very heavy workload, inflexible deadlines, and very few resources. It seemed as if every comment being made (and some were voiced quite strongly!) began with "I need. ..." Perhaps my friend was becoming aware of a pattern that was beginning to trouble me, too. It could be described as a growing certainty that each day you would be without something you needed.

In ways that aren't always obvious at first, many of us are familiar with what it means to go without. It may be in the form of a lack of progress or doubts about our worth; maybe we haven't found our niche yet, or the work that we do may, to us, lack purpose. Whatever we may think we lack, we can never be without the inexhaustible resources of Spirit, God.

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June 15, 1992

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