From The Pastor's Desk

What Do You Want For Christmas?

This is a familiar question. It can also be a perplexing, stressful, and even annoying question. The fact is that we may not know what we want for Christmas!

There are several reasons for this.

First, we simply have not taken time to think about it. Life is so busy (especially this time of year)!

Second, we may be so focused on what everyone else wants that we have not focused on what we would like. As a child, we continually heard that it was more blessed to give than to receive. The older we get the more fully we embrace that principle.

Third, we may consider what we want to be illegitimate. Perhaps we feel it’s too personal to express. Maybe we feel it’s too big (too much) to ask for. We are not talking new socks here!

So what do you want for Christmas? Really. The tense response may be I don’t know, but I won’t be dissuaded. I want the question to resound within you until you come up with a clear answer! (I believe that you will come up with something as you focus on the question).

Probably what you really want is not tangible. It’s not something to be gift wrapped and placed under the tree.

What is it? Happiness? Peace? Joy? The restoration of that broken relationship? The resolution of a bad situation? The victory over guilt? The opportunity to start over?

Obviously, these personal things remain deep on the inside; unexpressed and secret. Yet, they are there-things that we really and desperately want.

Here’s another question. What do you plan to do once you realize what you want? The tendency is to do next to nothing. We may “pine away” for that object of our desire, but in the end, we will simply resolve to cope with things the way they are.

I want to offer you an alternative. Be committed to God. Be captivated with pleasing Him. Be happy about it. Scripture says to [d]elight thyself also in the LORD (Ps. 37:4). Then, it offers a staggering promise: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (Ps. 37:4).

Focus on Him and watch what He will do concerning what you want! My desires can be reality if I will happily put Him first!
Considering What I Want for Christmas,
Micah Perry

Posted by Pastor Micah Perry on Dec.06, 2014