Most of us know need in the way that we need food and water to survive, we need shelter to spare us from the elements, we need clothes to cover our naked bodies and we need money in order to purchase all those basic needs.
We know there is a difference between what we actually need and what we really want, right???
But, how many of us are willing to admit to our need for others and especially, our need for God?
Last year I had the privilege of attending a Writer's Retreat in Wisconsin on Lake Michigan. If I remember correctly, there were 13 of us there from all different walks of life, also representing several different states. We sat daily under the teaching of Leslie Leyland Fields, a well-known, well-published prolific author from Alaska.
I've recently returned from a vacation by the ocean and while I didn't get as many beach days as I had hoped because of the weather, it was a restful trip. But, as all good (and bad) things must, it came to an end and here I was, at home, unpacking.
I woke up feeling guilt and shame for something I had said and done. As I lay there asking God to forgive me, I had to own up to my insecurities, inferiorities, jealousies and petty grievances. I felt truly bad that I had caused someone else the pain of my sin.