You Can’t Always Get What You Want
In just four panels Watterson provides a great illustration of people when they say their needs are not being met, they are actually talking about their wants. See, when Calvin uses the word “needs” what he is actually saying is “wants”. Calvin is not looking for someone to meet his needs, he is looking for someone to me his wants.This is evident in the third panel when his mother offers him a hug, upon which he responds by asking her for twenty dollars. When Calvin does not received the money he asked for, he continues to be angry, exclaiming that no one cares about him. Even though Calvin could have his needs met, he pines after his wants instead.
If You Try Sometimes, Well, You Might Find, You Get What You Need
This strip is a great example of our attitude at times, when asking God to meet our needs. Instead of seeking what He says we need, we demand Him to give us what we think we want, then when He does not give it to us, we get put off, even angry, at Him. We tend to forget that God may not always give us what we want, but He will always provide us with what we need. When we tell Him we want want money for school, a mission trip or whatever, He may not give us the money, He may give us a job to earn the money, because He knows that is what we need. How many of us would be happy with that though? That is not to say there are not times God will not provide instantly, but I believe there are a great deal more instances where what we will will often look very different than what God shows us we need. In those moments how will you respond, how will I respond? Will we praise Him for meeting our needs, or will we be like Calvin and get angry because He did not meet our wants?
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