Needs versus Wants, Initiations

A need is "a lack of something required or desirable, something required or wanted; a requisite, a necessity; obligation; a condition of poverty or misfortune." To want is "to desire greatly, to wish for, to be without; to be in need of, to require."

“When you center your thoughts on your needs, the needs multiply.”

A need implies a necessity, but a want implies a desire. Needs are objective, while wants are subjective. Listen carefully when someone tells you they have a need for you to fill. Discerning needs versus wants is key to understanding how we lie to ourselves, and is always an initiation.

Edna Lister on Needs versus Wants

The Lord's Prayer perfectly covers each phase of life and every need, with the needs of the now as the predominating idea. Anyone who needs anything, "Let him ask of the Father." – Edna Lister, The Lord's Prayer, September 26, 1934.

Forget tomorrow's needs and use all that the Father gives you today. – Edna Lister, The Lord's Prayer, October 13, 1935.

You may use unlimited amounts of the substance of faith and the power of joy to fulfill law and your heart's desires. – Edna Lister, December 14, 1938.

Metaphysics enables us to apply law to suit our particular needs. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Giving God your constant support is the only true way to have your needs met, your added things made visible, your life full and complete. – Edna Lister, October 3, 1941.

Release joyous praise on all your problems and needs. – Edna Lister, October 3, 1941.

The greater the need, the greater the amount of faith-substance necessary to fill it. – Edna Lister, November 27, 1941.

Love, love, love. That's all you need: Plenty of love, more love of God, love of honor, love of truth. – Edna Lister, March 3, 1942.

You may not interfere with Light — only darkness needs interference. – Edna Lister, March 11, 1943.

Use only Light, which contains all you need. It is the substance to become your creations. It is the Power to move substance into your molds for creations and it is the Mind to hold, to direct, to love, to stand steadfast. Light contains everything you need on earth. – Edna Lister, September 16, 1943.

In your moments of need, the Father says, “Do thy loving best and let Me do all the rest.” – Edna Lister, March 31, 1944.

To love God with the love of God is the sum total of all our needs. Lift the self to be soul, then let the love of God possess and use you to the fulfillment of all your desires and needs. – Edna Lister, August 24, 1945.

Balance needs with effort in prayer, praise joy, love; only a state of lack of balance in these can ever cause delay. – Edna Lister, February 22, 1946.

Go to the Source for all your needs. When you learn to do this and expect nothing from the world, all you need will come to you. – Edna Lister, November 15, 1947.

If your prayers are centered on needs — money, home, car, health, harmony, patience, companionship and love — you are filling your prayer molds with more needs. Praise God till the miracles flow. – Edna Lister, The Chalice of Love, April 23, 1950.

If you center your hope on material needs only, then needs encircle your hope until it is spelled "needy." The law is "Seek first the Kingdom of God." In that kingdom "all things" are added, which supplies all your needs. – Edna Lister, Promises Fulfilled, September 24, 1950.

When you center your thoughts on your needs, the needs multiply. Focus on loving God instead. – Edna Lister, The Challenge, March 15, 1952.

In prayer, make no negative thought or statement of your need. You cannot love God and be conscious of your needs at the same time. You must love God enough, and at the boiling point. – Edna Lister, October 1, 1953.

You can best understand the breastplate of righteousness by thinking of it as the right-use-ness of law in action. It is your personal expression of harmony, and covers you from the shoulders to the solar plexus. Wearing the breastplate synchronizes your timing into harmony with the Light because it converts Light into physical harmony, like recharging a battery. When you are high in consciousness, the breastplate glows with twelve lights that brighten and radiate to meet the needs of all who come to you. – Edna Lister, Do You Always Wear Your Armor? November 15, 1953.

The strength that comes from the Power in your Oversoul star is more than equal to every day's needs. – Edna Lister, January 10, 1955.

The perfect mantra of the conquering soul is "I am. I can. I do all things through Christ which strengthens me." When you totally surrender to this gift of strength, you will forget all silly notions, knowing that God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19. – Edna Lister, What Is Your Gift? June 12, 1955.

On the fate line we're all geniuses at the wrong thing, the wrong word, neglecting silence, one great avalanche of "needs." When you walk the Path of Destiny, you are a genius at seeing supply and abundance, at ignoring hurts. – Edna Lister, Fate or Destiny, October 23, 1955.

God needs only one soul to stand. – Edna Lister, March 5, 1956.

Condense needs tersely, then pray. – Edna Lister, June 17, 1957.

The prayer of desire, when fervent enough, creates from the same invisible substance: Positions whereby you can earn your food, new ideas for meeting your needs, and substance for healing your body. Yet it all comes from above. – Edna Lister, Fresh Manna Every Day, July 21, 1957.

Consideration is thoughtful concern for others' needs. An earthly gentleman or gentlewoman lives in the image and likeness of God, and always considers others' needs. – Edna Lister, God Is a Gentleman, September 29, 1957.

Make every word, every gesture, every emotion and every thought pay the greatest of all dividends. The Power that returns to you, the substance that fills your prayer molds can only be as great as the size, length and height and breadth of the idea behind it. If you want it to return a thousandfold increase, see it as increase as it goes forth and see the thousand needs it will fill. The greater your idea, the greater the Power going forth. It must equal the idea in size. – Edna Lister, October 3, 1957.

Subconscious mind handles all automatic needs in the physical world. – Edna Lister, The Point of No Return, December 15, 1957.

Be above the bodily needs. – Edna Lister, December 30, 1957.

The Spirit of the Lord will go before you for tomorrow's needs. – Edna Lister, October 30, 1958.

Most prayers are merely demand checks presented at the window of God's Bank to cover your needs or are sight drafts on Power for strength. You collect from God the exact amount left after your deductions for resentment, rebellion, self-pity, pride, whining and complaining. – Edna Lister, Joy, Invincible Power, November 17, 1958.

"I love you" is the switch that turns on the heat to dissolve the ice in hearts, minds and wallets. Say, "I love you," and the vibration goes forth to cover needs. – Edna Lister, October 29, 1959.

You must know that God needs only one person to finish the work – you must know it. – Edna Lister, January 7, 1960.

Every need you name in prayer is a call on God's Power. When your prayer is fervent enough to reach the Source, it calls down a bomb of Light equal to the fervency of the need. Picture Daniel in the lion's den: Daniel was talking to God with no other consciousness in his heart or mind. Daniel was not lion-conscious when he prayed. The Light scared the lion.

Your prayer must go above earth and your needs until you think of God, not your need. God causes your fervency. If you think of or picture a need, you adulterate your prayer. When your fervency and love of God reach the Source, you have the same results as Daniel. The difference is to pull away from the need. This is overcoming the gravity of need. – Edna Lister, What Is a Miracle? May 24, 1960.

Empathy is a combination of imagination and sympathy, which enables you to see another's viewpoint and the reasons for his needs. – Edna Lister, October 20, 1960.

Do not analyze emotional states or waste so much prayer time on your needs. – Edna Lister, December 19, 1960.

God must come first. It is not good enough if God comes second to your needs. – Edna Lister, January 23, 1961.

Use your creative equipment, your power tools of desire, thinking and imagination to appropriate everything you need from Mind, Power and Substance to condense and fill your prayer molds. – Edna Lister, Nor Shadow of Turning, June 18, 1961.

Wherever you center your attention, there you have your miracles. You must choose Light or dark, up or down, self or soul. Your lifeline moves along your attention-line. When you pay attention to self, you notice aches, pains, lacks and needs; you have a miracle of needs. Your whole life flows into "need molds," which are full of holes and are always empty. You are using God's life, but everything leaks out. Keep your focus on God and praise Him. – Edna Lister, The Soul's Exaltation, November 13, 1961.

A selfless response to the needs of others puts a call upon the Power that is fulfilled immediately. – Edna Lister, Heaven, a Place to Fill, April 10, 1962.

It is discourteous to God when you keep on praying for the "I wants" and not for others' needs. Be receptive to others' needs and you will find the right words are placed on your lips at the right time. – Edna Lister, What Is Illumination? May 13, 1962.

Seek the kingdom of heaven first for all your needs, in all situations. Ascend and listen a few minutes of every waking hour. – Edna Lister, May 28, 1962.

The Power that comes through is equal to each day's needs. – Edna Lister, Shekinah Splendor, December 15, 1963.

The Power needs only a few words of declaration to move forth to conquer all darkness. – Edna Lister, February 22, 1964.

We are lifting the idea of poverty and want from earth. To do so, we must free ourselves of the earth idea of needs. – Edna Lister, August 25, 1964.

God covers the needs of everyone, according to degree and kind, so you must learn to agree and adjust. – Edna Lister, Omnipresence, the Father's Primacy, November 24, 1964.

Be sure that your prayer pattern follows your soul's needs. – Edna Lister, What Are Angels? February 21, 1965.

Your love reaches up in devotion, and praise lifts your needs. When your needing love meets God's loving need to give, an explosion takes place and a resulting shaft of Light descends through you, healing minds and bodies, and flows into the outer world as a miracle. – Edna Lister, Miracles, October 3, 1965.

Your spoken words will come to pass, so see to it that the release of Power through your words, "This is good. Let there be Light," equals the need for Light. You must release the Power to cover the needs you state in prayers as if no one else could do the lifting. This is fulfilling responsibility for your words. – Edna Lister, July 24, 1966.

Divine Mind never gives you the right to know what the other fellow really needs. Each is in his own place, learning his lessons, and disagreeing with anyone is sure to disturb the very plan of life lessons from above being presented to him. – Edna Lister, Five Important Steps in Ascension, 1968.

We teach the deity of Christ and follow him. We also believe that God can recreate us in His image and likeness if we stand, hold and know in the Light. You can do anything according to the degree and kind of your desire to live in Light and "follow me." Do not look to yesterday or to what a book teaches, but know that you are the image and likeness of God today. Let it come forth. All that matters is that you are following Jesus the Christ, and no one needs to know anything more. – Edna Lister, August 7, 1969.

God needs only one person to say, "Let there be Light," and endure until the miracle comes. – Edna Lister, August 10, 1969.

When you lack identity with the Source, you lack security on earth. To have a permanent identity, one needs a permanent Source, which is the underlying reason for all peoples, nations, races, tribes, who need to worship. They must have a God, or a reason greater than self. We call this religion, and it is the twin of science. Religion and science are the two permanent pillars on the way of life. Religion gives us a Source, a beginning, while science gives us the means of expression for right living. – Edna Lister, February 5, 1970.

Call upon divine Mind for all your needs. – Edna Lister, Laws for Divine Living, February 19, 1970.

Either you believe that Light is all-curative or you do not. It is all a question of how great is your desire for the Light. God needs no information about it. You need nothing but the Light — let it illuminate. – Edna Lister, December 18, 1970.

God sends those who need. When someone comes for help, you fill his cup and send him along to drink the cup while you fill the cup for the next one who needs. You cannot spend any time thinking about the person drinking his cup. When the cup is empty, he may return full of the realization of your gift. When his cup is full, you cannot give him any more without wasting it. – Edna Lister, May 27, 1971.

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The Gold Standard

This Edna Lister lecture transcript is dated 1933, Tacoma, Washington, Scribe: Clarissa A. Watkins. Note: 1933 marked the beginning of the Great Depression, which lasted more than a decade.

Today, as never before, we are concerned with our relationship to "things" on the one side and that unseen Power, which we call God or Spirit, on the other. The solution to the present condition will include this idea of relationship, which we have known as "unity," in a broader sense than man has ever used it.

We must sweep aside for all time, the idea of each of us being a separate part of an unguessable whole. We must become unified parts, working with and for each other. We will understand ever more of the laws of being that bring forth from the invisible into the visible. We will understand how the Master increased the "loaves and fishes," and be able to apply the process to our own needs.

The first step always consists in having your needs met at the time. The second step is to have just enough to meet your needs before you really need to use it. The third step is to have the twelve baskets left over to share freely after you fulfill your own needs. Let us consider four ideas concerning these laws, which we must use to complete any needed manifestation.

The old method was to concentrate upon supply, or to demonstrate supply. People sat in the Silence, concentrated upon their empty purse, and knew that it would be filled. However, if, while you were concentrating on supply, Billy came home with some claim of illness, you had to stop concentrating on supply and concentrate on Billy. If other needs presented themselves, you had to concentrate on them. Meanwhile, your purse grew empty again.

Concentration is a mental power and comes by using the faculty of will. You can use the power of concentration only in one direction at a time and on only one thing at a time. Therefore, it will not work for manifesting supply.

You need something that will do all things at once. You find this in your ability to surrender yourself completely to the Power of Love. You concentrate harder than ever before, but only on keeping yourself completely surrendered to this Power, concentrating on keeping your eye "single" on releasing this Power. You speak the Word of truth about everything in your life, and the Power goes forth and does the work.

When you surrender to the idea that the Power is doing the perfect work, when you surrender yourself to become a perfect instrument through which it can work, when you become a mouthpiece directing it to that spot where it is needed, only then can you be sure that your life will be perfect. As an instrument you release the Power, and as a mouthpiece you control its direction, the two perfect halves of a perfect whole.

The second idea is visualization. If you see empty space anywhere, you will not have many results worth mentioning in manifesting supply. If you are seeing empty cars, empty houses, empty stores, empty rooms, empty cupboards and empty purses, they will never be filled. You must then see everything as filled with activity, or some outer forms.

Yet, it isn't enough to see your own purse or wallet full of bills and gold, for the law is "Give and ye shall receive." You can overcome this by mentally reaching into your own pockets and purses to fill the purse of your friend or anyone whom you meet on the street. You can always give from this invisible supply — just as Elijah left the widow with the "barrel of meal that wasted not and the cruse of oil that failed not," so can you use this great law of visualization to increase your own supply.

What you give, you shall receive. You may have nothing visible to give away right now, but you can surely give from the invisible substance that occupies the whole universe — right where you stand this moment.

For example, everyone can see Niagara Falls. Anyone can see the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. You do not leave your body to go there, but use the faculty that we all possess — you can "visualize" anything if you try hard enough.

Some have this faculty well developed while others must develop it. However, everyone has it to develop and use. The main idea to keep in mind about visualization is that you must have an unselfish, universal reason for the Power going into action for you.

If the "gimmies" bother you — give me this and give me that — it will not work for you. It is only when you give that which you yourself desire that God can release it through you.

We have also heard the cry, "I don't care about money!" Indifference never brought anything to anyone — and it cannot be true at this present stage of development, for we all must use the symbol of God's abundance, which we call money. No one can get material to make clothes without money. No one can get food without money. No one can ride in cars or on buses without money.

If you do not earn the money that you pay for these things then it is true that someone else is doing it. Someone is earning money for the things that everyone wears and uses. Therefore, no one can honestly say that they do not care for money. Back of that statement is pride that you are not "as other men are." Usually back of that is still another wrong emotion — hatred of the situation of lack and limitation.

Are you to give all your time to thinking about money? Are you to use all your time visualizing money? Most assuredly not, but being indifferent about money — prideful about not caring — or letting someone else do your "worrying" about it is just as negative as it is to be too eager about it. Underestimating money is just as definitely wrong as it is to overestimate it, and undervaluing it is just as wrong as overvaluing it.

You have had God and joy, God and pleasures, God and houses and lands, God and clothes, God and money, and God and all sorts of things. Now you can have One God in all, through all, as all, if you permit no false god we call money.

Money now takes its rightful place in your life, and you use it without stinting, knowing that it is only the outer symbol of those inner riches that are yours to draw upon. You know that you are entitled to do so through your inheritance from God's kingdom. You are entitled to all that you can possibly use.

"All that the Father hath" is mine to use. Free yourself from all ideas of it not being the will of God that you have all that you need. Any good idea is God's idea, and it is a good idea for you to be free to grow, unfold and take care of all your worldly obligations.

The fourth idea in which people have gone wrong in the past is that they think deep down within that God probably cannot trust them with money. If you had an abundance of all good things, you might be inclined to forget who God really is, or you might get off the path, which you have held to with such great difficulty.

Everything from the outside seems to try to sweep you into other ways. Your friends may seem to lead you far afield. You may have already left the path so often to pick a few beautiful flowers, which soon fade, to chase a few brilliant butterflies. Perhaps you are determined to keep your feet planted on the straight and narrow way, fearing that if you have too much ease and comfort, you will again fail to study and grow.

Now, if you cannot trust yourself, how then can you imagine that God can trust you? If you are really afraid that you may fail, then how can God release the necessary Power through you?

While you fear that you are not ready to be trusted with everything that the Universe can supply in the way of abundant riches, just that long will you keep yourself out of the Kingdom of Riches. God cannot trust you with anything that you cannot trust yourself to handle.

Stretch to reach the point in your development where you can stand up and say, "Send forth through me enough of the Power of Love to fulfill all the needs of my family and myself. You can now trust me with the wealth of the Kingdom to distribute to the world. I am now ready to be used to release this Inner Abundance that shall relieve the whole of humanity. You can now trust me to use all that I need for myself and send the rest forth into the world."

When you can tell God that you are ready to receive the courage to stand steadfast where you are, that all you want is the Power to lift everything given to you daily to lift, that you no longer want to run from your responsibility but desire to pour out enough love upon it to make it perfect, that you want to be responsible for your family — all the "lives of them that dwell upon our ship" — when you do this, then and then only will God send forth through you that release for all about you. Then you discover that He has only been waiting for this one thing — your own sense of ability to stand amid all outer challenges, calm and unmoved, steadfast and sure.

You may even have thought with the rest of the world that because a few men have cornered vast wealth, you could not have very much. When you started on this great adventure of life, God sent you with everything that you could possibly use or need through the whole of your period of living. When you stepped into this visible form, you had to leave it just at your fingertips in the invisible realm. You and I are invisible to the world. All that the world sees is the body, not that radiance, which is Spirit. If you have not used the vast supply, which God gave to us all, then it is still waiting to come forth for you.

You are here to learn how to be a Master Creator — how to conquer this invisible world. No one else of earth can possibly touch or bring into visibility one particle of that which vibrates only with your own vibration. It waits the magic touch of your spoken Word to become! What? That which you desire and need.

This invisible substance, which we call supply, what is it? How do you know that a radio wave exists? Because you have to breathe invisible substance, and you tune in and hear a radio wave. Man's scientific instruments measure, compute and tell us that these things are facts, then we must accept them and use them.

Countless thousands of fruit trees stand idle and bare during one season of the year. Later they put forth tiny leaves, buds, flowers, and then produce the countless tons of fruit that we use. Where has the fruit come from? Out of the invisible into the visible! The tree is larger each year, and leaves no hole in the ground.

Countless acres of wheat fields, endless acres devoted to vegetables and berries, lay empty for months, then suddenly stalks, leaves, and later tons of berries, wheat and vegetables spring up. Where has it all come from? Out of the invisible into the visible, and it leaves no hole in the ground after the harvesting is finished! Farmers have used the fields for centuries and still they retain the same old level — the hills are still hills and the flat places are still flat.

Countless sheep grow wool, which we shear each year and make into garments. Where does it come from? From the invisible into the visible, and the sheep grows no smaller! Our paper money was once wood pulp, made from a tree that came from the invisible into the visible. We dug our gold and silver from the hills, which nature made from single cells that extended and expanded — from the invisible into the visible.

When will you really see the potential and know? When will you stop fussing and work to use that which is your own? When will you accept your own responsibility to create from this invisible substance of which God formed the whole earth? It is yours to use, yours to bring forth, yours to make and create into any outer form that you choose or desire.

You cannot destroy gold. The hotter you heat it, the more you purify it. The more you burn it, the greater its value. As you put it in the crucible and heat it, the dross comes to the surface and you take it off, leaving only the purified and perfect substance. The refiner knows when it is perfect, for he can see his own image reflected in it.

When the fires of life purify you until God can look at you and see His own Image and Likeness reflected in you, then and then only will you have become a Master of Life. Then and then only will you have become a conqueror of the inner kingdom, bringing its perfection into the outer realm.

Whenever you decide to live by this perfect Godly Gold Standard every hour of the day, you shall be able to create the outer and visible sign of wealth. Whenever you lend yourself to the purifying process, through which all gold must go, then you shall be allowed to use all that you can imagine ourselves enjoying.

"I am now ready to accept my own inheritance."
"I am now ready to create my own abundant wealth."
"I am now ready to surrender to this Power which works through me."
"I am now ready to release all that love which belongs to me."
"I am now accepting everything that comes to me as fire to make me perfect."
"I am now being made into perfect and pure gold of Spirit."

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New Testament on Needs versus Wants

Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. – Matthew 5:42.

Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. – Matthew 6:8.

Go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. – Matthew 9:13. [Do not do wrong then plea bargain for forgiveness.]

Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. – Matthew 20:25-28.

Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself [his self], and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. – Mark 8:34-35.

If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. – Mark 9:35.

Never agree to a promise unless you first know the terms: James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. – Mark 10:35-40.

Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. – Mark 10:42-45.

Do not conflate the world's requirements of you with your responsibility to God: Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. – Mark 12:17.

As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. – Luke 6:31.

Whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. – Luke 9:24.

The Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour [of your need] what ye ought to say. – Luke 12:12.

Seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Luke 12:29-31.

Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. – Luke 12:48.

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. – John 2:23-25.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. – John 15:7.

In youth, self freely dictates its desires to will; in elder years, another's desires override our will. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. – John 21:18.

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshiped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. – Acts 17:24-25.

My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16.

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. – Hebrews 10:35-36.

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Old Testament on Needs versus Wants

Gluttony is eating more than you need. – Proverbs 25:16.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister

Etymology of need: Old English neod, ned, "distress, necessity."

Etymology of want: Middle English wanten, "to be lacking," from Old Norse vanta.

Discerning needs versus wants is always an initiation.

What We Need Is Here

Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.
– Wendell Berry, 1934


Berry, Wendell. "What We Need Is Here," Wendell Berry Books [accessed March 1, 2017].

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV), Public Domain.

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