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  • Lynne Themelaras

Craving God: From Needs to Wants

Title: Choosing Relationship Over Religion: From Needs to Wants in Our Spiritual Journey

Have you ever tried convincing your children to eat their vegetables, knowing that their dinner comes before dessert? The struggles of parenthood are universal, and if broccoli tasted like chocolate, perhaps the battle wouldn’t be so hard. Alas, it doesn’t, and teaching our children the importance of healthy eating often feels like an uphill task, even into their teenage years. My teens eat their veggies, but it’s not always with a smile on their faces.

In life, we all have needs, fundamental things that make our existence bearable. Imagine life without the comfort of our homes, clothes, and basic modern conveniences. It’s hard to fathom. Similarly, in our spiritual lives, we have needs too, but sometimes we overlook the profound importance of God’s presence. We possess numerous gifts and talents, yet it’s crucial to remember that our success is rooted in God’s grace. The favor and mercy we experience are intricately tied to our relationship with the Lord. It’s not just about religion; it’s about a personal relationship.

The word “relationship” carries significant weight. We need to choose this deep, personal connection with the Lord over mere religious practices. As I pondered this idea, a profound realization struck me: I don’t just need the Lord; I want Him. We often fulfill our needs because they are essential for survival, but our wants are different. Wants are desires that go beyond survival; they are about cherishing and valuing something or someone, even when circumstances are challenging.

In my life, I want the Lord. Just as I want my husband, not merely for his provision but for his presence in every aspect of my life, whether in times of abundance or struggle. Wanting the Lord means desiring His presence, guidance, and love regardless of the situation. It’s a choice that goes beyond necessity; it’s a longing that transcends circumstances.

As I reflect on my relationship with Jesus, I realize that I want Him more than anything else. I choose this profound connection over mere religious obligations. When our needs transform into wants, we find true freedom. In the wanting, there is no room for bondage or fear, only the overwhelming joy of being in the presence of the Lord.


“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

Choosing relationship over religion is a transformative journey from needs to wants. It’s a shift in perspective that brings immeasurable peace and fulfillment. So, let us embrace this desire for the Lord, making it the cornerstone of our spiritual lives. In the wanting, we find a love that sustains us, uplifts us, and sets us free.

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