What is the difference between a want and a need? Sometimes I get them confused, especially when purchasing material things. I think I genuinely need something when actually I can do without it. “You can never get enough of what you don’t need, because what you don’t need won’t satisfy you” (Dallin H. Oaks). Things that don’t nourish the soul won’t satisfy. I can never get enough of mere wants. I can experience a momentary lift, but it is fleeting, quickly replaced by wanting more of what I already have—something bigger, better, newer, classier. Consider this statement: “It is not important that I should have not possessions, but if I do, I must keep them as though I had them not; in other words I must cultivate a spirit of inner detachment, so that my heart is not in my possessions” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). That’s the key—that while pursuing and purchasing material things—I will not covet them. I want my heart to be invested in those things that bring real and lasting joy.
What does “inner detachment” mean to you?