Most of you are probably familiar with the song "My Wish For You" by Rascal Flatts. The words are timeless; the sentiments universal. A co-worker stitched and framed the words for her daughter. I sing it to my girls whenever I hear it, whether they are with me or not. It truly does sum up some of the important things that we really do want for those that we love. One of my favorite verses is…
"I hope you never look back, but you never forget, all the ones who love you in the place you left, I hope you always forgive and you never regret and you help somebody every chance you get, oh, you find God's grace in every mistake, and always give more than you take."
For the last few years, my sister and brother-in-law in New Jersey have given each other "virtual gifts" at Christmas. They spend time and effort surfing the web and looking for just the right thing that they would get one another if money allowed. WIth each passing year, they seem to get more and more creative and have found it to be a fun way to give. My sister got a treehouse one year and she was thrilled. It wasn't just any old treehouse… it was in a beautiful and exotic location and was more than your one-room standard issue treehouse. More than anything it showed her how well her partner knows her and what she loves. He knows how much she loves being outdoors and even if the treehouse wasn't his ideal vacation locale, it is still what he would wish for her. It was the perfect gift and she still talks about it!
So, it got me to thinking. We can't get our girls the things we would like to this year but do they know how much we wish we could? What would we give them if we could? The idea got my wheels spinning, beginning with more lyrics from "My Wish"…
"My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to, your dreams stay big and your worries stay small, you never need to carry more than you can hold, and while you're out there getting where you're getting to, I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too. This is my wish."
So now I am on a mission to create a little book for each of them for Christmas – a book of my wishes for them, Beyond the I-Pad, laptops, dance lessons, and clothes that they would both love (and the lyrics that Rascal Flatts has already written!), I wish for them a closer walk with God and all the fruit that comes from it…, security, peace, joy, mercy, grace and love (just to name a few). I want them to use the gifts they have been given to the fullest. I would love for them to have the confidence to walk through open doors and the wisdom to follow the road signs. Simply, I want them to live happy, loving and fulfilled lives.
What about you? Can you think of a way you can communicate to your loved ones what you wish for them? Is there a way you can give of yourself or your time to make any of those wishes come true? Is there something we can do to make our wishes a bit more tangible so that they do, indeed look more like a gift? I don't have the answers but I'm definitely thinking it through.
Whatever you give and receive this Christmas season, I pray your families are blessed with peace and joy. Enjoy one another and savor the moments! Merry Christmas!
Pondering These Things in My Heart,