Want Versus Need

By Sr. Nun Other

A shopping discussion with a friend led to an interesting observation. She said, “When heading for a check out line, I often challenge myself with this question: ‘I want this but is it really what I need?’ “

There are multiple times in scripture when Jesus asks the question, “What do you want me to do for you?”  Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:51) declared, “Rabbi, I want to see.”  Jesus immediately replied that his faith had healed him, and Bartimaeus joined the crowd of believers. In all situations, Jesus searches beyond our human want and examines the essence of our spiritual need.

I’m aware I search for band-aids (things I want), to hide spiritual wounds and provide temporary relief. Usually, the real answers to my need surround me: people with whom to talk, a quiet prayer time in church, or simply renewed awareness of the beauty and blessings in my life.

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About Sr. Nun Other

May 16, 2012, completed my 30th year as a Sister. It was both a milestone and just another day in an interesting journey. Some of those thirty years included singing with Gloriae Dei Cantores, marching in Spirit of America band, and serving on our Sisters Council. As a monastic, I live surrounded by beauty and within a frame work of opportunity and possibility. I'm sixty-four (much to my surprise) and extremely grateful for my life as a sister - past, present, and future.

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