All I Need


Put someone on the spot for a bible verse from memory and, unless you get back a blank stare, you're likely to hear the first verse of the 23rd Psalm: 
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.                         (King James Version)

That's a pretty familiar one, but I read a couple of different versions today that are changing how I think about that verse:   The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.             (New Living Translation) 
God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing. (The Message)

When I think about the version I know by heart, I put a "someday" in there....The Lord is my shepherd; someday I shall not want.

But when it goes, "I have all that I need.....I don't need a thing".....that's for now! Right now, because the Lord is my shepherd, I don't need a thing.

And, really, what do I need? I have a family and friends who love me. I have a safe place to live, a bed to sleep in, a safe kitchen to cook in. I have at least a hundred cans and boxes of food in my house right now, plus 3 refrigerators (one just for Rick's homebrew) and a full size freezer full of food. I simply have to turn on the faucet to get all the clean, clear water I need for drinking, washing...even watering my lawn. I have closets and dresser drawers full of clothing, and probably more than half of it doesn't get worn regularly. I have a car. Do you know that 92% of the people in the world don't have a car?

What do I need? What fuels that "someday"? Why do I still want ... when I don't need a thing? Why?

When I want, even though I have all I need, I'm living like what I need is defined by what my neighbor has or by what the media portrays as the good life. But that's not the truth. The truth is that in God, I have all I need. Living in that truth is about wanting what I already's about being satisfied now.....knowing that I have all I need .... instead of wanting what whispers in my ear that it will satisfy....someday. Because God IS....right now....and that's all I need. And in my heart I know that someday never comes.

Lord, when I let you lead my life, I have all I need. You give me strength when I'm weak, and you walk beside me when I'm afraid. You protect me and you comfort me. Your blessings abound in my life. Let them bubble over onto the people I spend my life with. Your love for me will never end. Help me live in the truth of your love every day, never forgetting that in you I have all I need. Amen.

Kim Turnage

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Carole Schumacher wrote:
Very nicely stated! We are all so very blessed and we need to have that constant reminder.

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