I love pinterest. Like really love it.
Pinterest is a digital warehouse of photographs, and I love seeing all the beatiful pictures, the inspiring ideas, and the wonderful products.
Also, I love how handy it is. Instead of saving pictures to your computer and organizing them into folders on your hard drive (yes that's what I used to do), you can pin your pretties to virtual bulletin boards that allow you to add a caption, categorize them, and easily find them later.
But lately I've been seeing a lot of pictures with captions like "I need this" or "I have to have" or "this is it!"
Now don't get me wrong, there are a lot of things I think I "need," and don't let this post fool you... I've definitely tagged a few lovelis as "must haves."
But what do we really need?
For me, the answer is two-part and pretty simple.
We don't need much, yet we need it all.
We don't need stuff and things. If we don't get those gorgeous new shoes we won't stop breathing. If we don't get that fancy promotion, or that wonderful house, or the perfect man, or the best body, or the most money, we won't die (although it may feel like it sometimes).
We don't need much to physcially survive. Food, water, shelter. The basics.
But we need it all. We need (and already have) all of God's love. We have all of his attention and affection and grace and we absoultely need it all.
Living in the fullness and wholness of the Lord means that we have been given everything and that our needs and wants on earth should be few. Our stock is in heaven and our eyes should be forever looking forward to that ultimate treasure.
Does it mean that God doesn't want us to be happy with the little things while we're on earth? I don't think that's what it means at all. That pretty dress, those dangly earrings, the beautiful desk that you found on the side of the road and helped your husband painstakingly restore for you (yea, you should have seen the look my hubby's face when I hauled that thing home).
These possessions and treasures are wonderful and make our moments on earth sweeter. But they should never keep us from the real prize.
As the story of the necklace in my previous post says, our real pearls are in heaven, but first we have to give up what's holding us back.