Today I helped some people move furniture and was asked if I needed anything they were getting rid of. I visited some people at their home and was again offered some furniture. In fact for the past year I have been generously offered a lot of furniture. This was not an unreasonable thing, since our furniture is pretty sparse. Even though at many points these offers were really tempting, I found myself saying no. Why? Because I didn’t need it today.
This answer would come across to most people as foolish. After all, one day we might have a house and might need this furniture.
The problem is we don’t have a house. We don’t really know where we are going to be long-term yet. Why pay storage for “maybe” and “some days”? Perhaps before that “maybe” arrives something better comes along or all the furniture become irrelevant because we move to a place that is too small or too big for it.
I have discovered that this principle actually works on more than just furniture. Often times we are not content with our lives because we feel like we lack a great deal of stuff. Often this isn’t stuff we need today. Perhaps a woman wants work clothes, but she doesn’t have a job yet. Why buy more than just an interview outfit when you don’t know what the dress code of your work will be like: casual, business, or uniform? Just wait until you actually need it. A guy may be desperate to buy a new car. Why worry and stress over a new car if your old one is working fine? Just wait until you can afford it. A young couple often frets about moving into a larger home when they are expecting their first child. Why get a new home until you actually need the space?
These worries often fuel our stress levels, our sense of discontentment, and even feelings of financial need. It isn’t that need doesn’t exist, but I often find that when I actually need something immediately, I either make the changes or sacrifices necessary, or God provides just in time. Then all that storing and worrying and planning and fretting seems a bit silly.
This isn’t saying all of our worries are for future things or planning ahead is a bad thing, but the Bible says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34 NIV) So all I am saying is ask yourself, “What do I need TODAY?” and you will reduce your worries a great deal.