Wishing is good! It is emotionally, mentally and physically healthy for us to wish for the life we were meant to live and to become the people we were created to be.
God created humans to have desires and longings. Here are a few scripture passages that speak to that...
Psalm 37:4 "Take delight in the lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires."
Psalm 107:9 "For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things."
Matthew 5:6 "God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied."
But some of us have stopped wishing because we wished for something and maybe even shared that wish with other people and then, it didn't come true. We didn't get what we wanted. The disappointment still lingers. So, now we have scaled back our wishes, we've lowered our bar a bit and learned to settle. We've become more "realistic." Is that you? Are you protecting your heart from that feeling of sadness? Have you decided not to wish, not to hope?
There are two things that I'd like to say to you this Christmas:
First, disappointment is not final, a loss is not permanent. Just because a wish is not realized today, that does't mean it never will be. Part of the beauty of the human experience is enduring until the new day when change comes. Remember what Samwise Gamgee said to Frodo in the Lord of the rings about the great heroes of stories? He referred to the "Tales that really mattered." (watch it) Your story still matters. And hope is still possible. Hold on!
Second, there are some things that we are not meant to wish for. Have you ever heard that phrase, "Be careful what you wish for!"? There is a good reason for that. Maybe you're wishing for the wrong things. I'll unpack that thought in the next blog. Look for it early next week.
Wishing you the best Christmas you ever had...and wishing that you move closer to living the life you were always meant to live. What do you wish for this Christmas?