My Wish List for You

I know we’ve just barely crossed over into the official holiday season, but I’m already feeling merry and bright. Your faces won’t be gathered around my Christmas table, and there may not be gifts wrapped for you under my tree (that would be one H-U-G-E tree!), but I wish for you to have so much more than a merry Christmas. As we head into this season, here are my Christmas wishes for the readers of this blog:

  1. That you’ll look for ways to be crazy generous.
  2. That you won’t buy the lie that a busy Christmas season is a better Christmas season. Slow down and smell the pine needles.
  3. That your hunger to know God’s Word will be stronger than your hunger for iced Christmas cookies. The gift of His truth is already unwrapped and waiting for you.
  4. That you will shine as bright as Christmas lights. You are the light of the world, after all (Matt. 5:14).
  5. That you will boldly share about Jesus during this season when hearts are naturally a little softer to the Good News. Go on, tell it on a mountain! (And in your math class and to your neighbor and to your sister . . .)
  6. That you will love and serve your family instead of expecting them to love and serve you.
  7. That you will start planning now to use your Christmas break well. What can you do that’s more impactful than a Netflix binge? How can you use the extra white space on your calendar to love God and love others?
  8. That you will invite lost friends and neighbors to attend Christmas services with you. Christmas is on a Sunday this year; that makes it an extra-easy ask!
  9. That you will ask the Lord to start preparing your heart early by participating in Advent. My friends and I will be reading through the SheReadsTruth.com Advent plan. Join us?
  10. That you’ll realize that hope isn’t a date on the calendar; it’s a by-product of God’s love for us. You can have the Christmas spirit 365 days of the year.
  11. That you won’t buy the lie that stuff can satisfy. Everything we get for Christmas will end up in a landfill some day. Enjoy your gifts. Give thanks, but realize nothing you unwrap Christmas morning will last. Hold it all loosely, friends.
  12. Speaking of gifts, I hope you don’t feel entitled. Your parents don’t owe you a thing; please don’t communicate that they do. Those shiny packages under the tree are called gifts and not wages for a reason. We didn’t earn them. We don’t deserve them. Let’s lay down expectations and decide to be over-the-top grateful for whatever others buy for us.
  13. That you will hear the Christmas story with new wonder.
  14. That you will live the words that Mary said when she first heard the news about Jesus: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).
  15. That you copy Christ’s humility. Since the King of kings was willing to be born in a manger, we should be willing to humble ourselves and put other’s needs ahead of our own.
  16. That you will boldly proclaim Jesus is Lord, just like that famous choir of angels (Luke 2:10).
  17. That you’ll long for more than a white Christmas and desire to wear white robes of righteousness before God (Isa. 61:10).
  18. That you will think of others for whom Christmas may not be merry and find ways to meet the needs around you.
  19. That you will make noise that matters. Like the little drummer boy, who played before the King, may you beat the drum of truth and love louder than the rhythm of hate and darkness.
  20. That you will look past the baby in the manger and see your Savior on the cross. The Christmas story is the beginning of the gospel story. What a beautiful story it is!

What are you wishes for this Christmas season? Tell us in a comment below.

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Erin is passionate about pointing young women toward God's Truth. She is the author of several books and a frequent speaker and blogger to women of all ages. Erin lives on a small farm in the midwest with her husband and kids. When she's not writing, you can find her herding goats, chickens, and children.

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