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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2009 06:49:42 -0800 (PST)
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COLUMN: REALITY CHECK

What We Want and What We Need 
 by Stan Mitchell

"And my God will meet all your needs according to his
glorious riches in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).

Black smoke poured out of the upstairs bedroom window,
and Sam could smell the acrid combination of a home
burning - melting plastic, carpeting, electrical
wiring, all being consumed in the hungry flames of his
home, literally going up in smoke.

He had just a few moments to get some things out - the
things he needed. His computer? Documents from a safe
that had his bank numbers and passports? The new
Mercedes sports car he had bought last week, still in
the garage, and as yet untouched by the fire?

His mind was cluttered. It ground down to a crawl. And
this very instant, he had to decide what he really
needed in life, what he could not live without.

Then he heard his wife Serena scream: "Sam, that's
Jordan's room! He's still in there!" Jordan with the
tousled hair and the dimples in his smile was their
three year-old son.

Sam's wants and wishes vanished. Nothing else mattered
except his boy. He held his coat over his head, and
threw his shoulder against the crumbling front door.
The only thing he needed was his son, back safe in his
arms.

There's a difference between what we want and what we
need, though life's clutter blurs the distinction at
times. Don't let the threat of a fire, temporary or
eternal, remind you of that! 

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