Editor's Musings

Opening welcome from the editor's desk.

Sharon Cress is editor of the Journal

While waiting at a stop light recently, I spotted a bumper sticker which read, "The more you know, the less you need." It stuck in my mind as I continued running my errands. Each time I stopped to pick up something else on my list, that catchy bumper sticker phrase sprang up again in my consciousness. Kind of like a song that you can't get out of your head! Suddenly it dawned on me—did I really need all the stuff on my list?

It became clear to me that there was a good possibility that many of my hours could be wasted nurturing wants—not necessarily needs—on a variety of issues, and not just tangibles.

Looking around my home, I see lots of "earthly possessions" that are probably wants and not needs. The more I know about valuing my time and energy, the less I need a lot of stuff to take care of. The more I know my friends, the less I need the TV, video or computer stealing my time away from those I love and care about. And the more I know about my lovely Jesus and the value of Him guiding my life, the less I need to worry about tomorrow.

Sometimes we have scurried to accumulate things, rushed through significant events in the lives of our families, manipulated circumstances and designed our own futures. How sad. Maybe that bumper sticker was really a very short sermon delivered at a stoplight. It surely has changed my attitude about a lot of "things."