Do you have a wish list? I do. Sometimes it’s altruistic like peace on earth or jobs for everyone. But if I’m honest with myself, it looks more like; cool boots, unlimited Audible books, liposuction on my thighs, free hair highlights, gift cards for Sephora and Amazon….not so heavenly minded!
It’s even harder for our kids to stop obsessing about their wish list. In Advent Devotions for Busy Families I talk about giving gifts and how we can give a gift to God. Instead of our wish list we can think about our gift list. Meaning, the gifts He’s already given us! The more we focus on what gifts and talents we are grateful for, the more we bless God with our attitude of gratitude. And the wish list loses its hold over us.
Instead of our wish list we can think about our gift list.
When I write down my gift list items; people who love me, good health, warm bed, enough food to eat, decorating the tree, things to look forward to….my wish list doesn’t seem so urgent.
Maybe this year we could have our families fill out a long list of gifts we’ve already received from God. Each day we write down a couple more blessings we enjoy. The longer the list, the shorter our needs and greeds list. The closer we get to Christmas Day, the more grateful we become. It’s a great way of outwitting the wish list.
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