Five Minute Friday — Need

I’m back for another Five Minute Friday rambling. Five Minute Friday is a discipline where independent writers join together at Kate’s spot on Facebook at and encourage our writing neighbors as we visit and see their take on the common prompt.  And, you’re always welcome to join us … either as a visitor or participant.

I’ve also been sharing some of the experiences my fellow writers have shared as chronicled in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. This week, I’ll include the words Shirley contributed. I hope her words inspire you to join our writing club.

“People want a sense of community and a sense of belonging. They need companionship. We actually crave it. That is where the Five Minute Friday group of bloggers come in. We all join together each week to write on one prompt word given, and that one word unites us as a community. We share our posts, and in doing so, we are sharing a part of our hearts.”

Well, the prompt this week is appropriately NEED. I drew from a previous prompt, WANT, so lets see where we go. The timer is set. GO …

There’s fine line between want and need. I have a lot of wants —  a new car, money to travel, someone to share my life with, a comfortable life, a long retirement. I really have just one need — God.

We’re all guilty of using the power of prayer to ask God for “things” or “blessings”. You know, “Lord I really want this job” …. “Lord, please bless my family while they travel” … “Lord, did I tell you my car’s kinda acting up, I could really use a new one” … You get the picture.

That’s our prayer life and our “wish” and “need” list. Surprise, it’s not what God intended. Yes, He said come to Him with all petitions and pleas. Yes, He wants us to talk to Him. But He doesn’t want to be told what to do. In fact, often, when the “we” or “I” take over in the conversation, things get worse. Remember George Bailey? He prayed and got popped in the nose.

Prayer is not a wish list or a want list. It’s a connection with God, a conversation that acknowledges Him as the One in charge. Sometimes, I think we are lot … STOP

… like Frankenstein in our prayer life, you know, the creation thinking it’s more important than the Creator.

Sometimes, when I talk to my Best Friend, I ramble and, yes, use “I” a lot. But I’ve come to learn the joy in my conversations is sitting back and watching the Master in action. It might not be today … or tomorrow … or next week … or next month … or even next year. But I know it’s coming and I just have to be ready to recognize and enjoy the blessing.

And that’s all I really need.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: He who has a why can deal with any what or how. — Stephen Covey

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7 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Need

  1. Martha G. Brady says:

    hi, i’m your next door neighbor at FMF today:) interesting post:) nice to see you again.


  2. Great essay, and you caught it perfectly, that we so often come to God to give Him a to-do list on our behalf.

    Illness has aught me that there’s only one thing I need pray for, and that is the strength and faith to make it through the next hour without succumbing to despair. Everything else flows from that hard and holy place.

    #2 at FMF this week.

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  3. Great post. And oh yes, George Bailey! He got taught a lesson. We get needs and wants all mixed up. I love your view, conversation with God, a relationship. When we have a real relationship with him it isn’t about him filling my wants. Its about being satisfied just with Him and whatever He wants. #70 this week.

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    • Thanks for the words. I’ve always loved the George Bailey reference … It shows a spiritual growth from a believer to a Believer through the grace of God and the help of a special angel. Give thanks this thanksgiving season … and always!


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