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All I Want for Christmas is to Be Wantless

  My spell checker just told me “wantless” isn’t a word. Apparently over the last hundred years we’ve not only lost the ability to be without want but we’ve also lost part of the language that describes such a foreign state of mind. An Archaic State of Mind Noah Webster reminds us what wantless means in his 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language: WANTLESS, a. Having no want; abundant; fruitful. But here we are in 2011, gearing up for another Christmas where want will be in no short supply. Soon enough we’ll be systematically bombarded by retailers telling us we need their products. Some consumers (by the way, how do you like that for a label?) will withstand the initial wave of marketing messages by taking a stand and saying, “No, I don’t need those new shiny things to make me happy.” But these marketing masterminds know just how to overcome such futile resistance. They simply call in specialists who send heat seeking missile advertising messages that say, “You don’t need this but your loved ones do. Don’t you want to buy this for them?” And with surgical precision the retailer reaches the place of want in the consumer and another sale is made.   Would David Need New Shiny Things? I think retailers would hate David. He boldly declares in Psalm 23, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” What’s a marketer supposed to do with that? He can’t even get a foothold. David, a shepherd himself, considered himself a blessed sheep who belonged to the greatest shepherd who ever existed. He had no want...

Does God Love Me More When I’m Snowboarding or Sharing the Gospel?

Do you think God loves you more when you’re busy doing “kingdom” work? Does He get upset when you spend too much time watching TV or hanging out with your friends? Is He just so frustrated because right now you’re reading a blog about God instead of standing on the street sharing the gospel? You probably don’t ask yourself these exact questions but I’m willing to bet you’ve had some variation go through your mind. I know I have. It’s easy to feel like God loves us when we’re doing Christian things. Leading a Bible study, sharing the gospel or feeding the poor. But last time I checked God loves me because when He looks at me He sees Jesus. He sees me as a son and therefore He loves me as a father loves his son. We all know that we can’t earn God’s love. But personally, I need to be reminded that God loves me just as much as when I’m snowboarding as when I’m sharing the gospel. There is something truly amazing about God’s grace. About Josh MonenJosh is a Christian, entrepreneur and writer from Ridgefield, WA. He's married with three kids: ages 4, 2 and 1. Before he met God, Josh was a drug addict with a $500/day cocaine addiction that almost killed him. Today he's seeking a real authentic relationship with God and others.More Posts...