If I had to describe myself in one word it would be, “needy.” I have a lot of experience with it, an unfortunate expertise. Would I like another word to describe myself? Well, yes. But it wouldn’t be true.
God has helped me see my neediness. But more than that, he’s helped me see it rightly. He’s helped me see my neediness in the light of his glory. I’m growing in my walk with him, learning more about him and his life within me, and by his grace, bringing him glory in my neediness.
I used to think that being needy was a bad thing. Something to be downplayed at best and ashamed of at worst. I used to think being needy meant I didn’t have good luck or God’s favor or the ability to be successful at things. I used to think that I was going through a season where God was trying to teach me something, and if I would just hurry up and learn it, I’d be done with this latest lesson and we’d move on to something better like…I don’t know…abundant blessings!
These views undermine the truth that we are all needy and it’s good to be so. The question is not, “Are we needy?” The question is, “Are we needy well?”
The richest man on the planet is needy whether he realizes it or not. You, dear reader, are needy, too. My husband frequently reminds me that it’s good to be needy. Our needs extend well beyond our physical possessions or lack thereof. In my life, I find that my physical neediness always points me to my spiritual neediness. We are all needy, but are we needy poorly (pun intended) or needy well?
How can I bring glory to God in my neediness? How is my being needy a good thing? I am no expert and there are no initials after my name. But I do have a testimony of my neediness and God’s faithfulness. I would like to share this journey where I’m learning to be needy well, to humbly depend on him for all things, to present my requests to him, to trust him and not worry, and to enjoy him and his provisions in all areas.
Join me in this journey that began with a simple prayer: “Lord, help me to be needy well.”