“What do you want for Christmas?”
That’s a question you hear a lot this time of the year.
But I’ve discovered that the longer Sonja and I live the harder it is for us to shop for each other. Honestly, we lack for nothing we really need; I have to pinch myself sometimes to see if I’m dreaming when I think how good God has been to us. And, besides that, as the years go by things are just not as important as they used to be.
But this meditation is not about what you or I want for Christmas, it is about what we desire.
I doubt that one more sweater or outfit or gadget or…whatever, is really going to make that big a difference. But what you desire, now that matters—for that is where you affections are and where your affections are is where your focus is and where your focus is—that will be the direction your life will go.
Do you want that new sweater because you want to be stylist, or because you desire to have someone love you enough to care to give you a gift? Your answer will determine how you feel about the sweater.
Do you want the decorations and the Christmas meal to be perfect because you want to impress the relatives with how good a housekeeper you are or because you desire to create a loving and memorable event for your family?
Do you want to buy the expensive gift for your wife because you want to make up for all the time you’ve been away or because you desire to affirm your wife and give her a token of just how valuable and precious she is to you?
This is just a sprinkling of the kind of questions that perhaps you should ask.
Bottom line, the question that is more important when preparing your gift list this year is not, “What do I want for Christmas?” but rather, “What do I desire for Christmas?”
Psalm 20:4 (NKJV)
4 May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose.