“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” — English Proverb
When I was younger my friends and I used to ask each other what we’d do if we had three wishes (we could never ask for more wishes though) and our answers would range from world peace or a million dollars to having an all-you-can-eat ice cream sundae bar for dinner. Thinking about that same game now my answers have matured and I’m thankful for that. World peace is something that would be nice to strive for, but too many countries seem to be keen on warfare versus peaceful negotiations with their enemies. More money is always nice, but the taxes I’d have to pay on a million dollars make me not so keen on having that wish come true. Having all-you-can-eat ice cream is nice, but the intense ice cream headaches aren’t, nor are the calories really worth it.
We can wish all we want, but without action to back up what we’re wishing for, nothing would change.
I could have wished for a healthy baby when I wanted to get pregnant, but without the changes I made and am still making, the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy would have been very slim and heartbreak from miscarriage or serious complications at birth could easily have happened. When I was diagnosed, I could have wished for my diabetes to go away on its own, but without taking control of it early I could be dealing with the consequences of poor control by being on dialysis or worse. Wishes aren’t bad, but without action behind them they’re not really all that helpful.
If you took a few minutes and wrote down what you wished for, what would the list look like?
Wishes can be viewed as potential promise. If you want something enough you’ll usually try to achieve it right? If I wanted to be able to raise my son to be bilingual I’d be reviewing my der, die, das, die charts and German vocabulary like mad, right? (Where are those vocab cards anyways?) I’d also have to make sure the Mister was on board with teaching our son German, because without the support of the other most important person in our sons life I would feel like I was waging a losing battle.
We can wish all we want; on a shooting star, the bigger piece of the wishbone from the Thanksgiving turkey, the last petal of a daisy or on a penny dropped into a fountain, but without support from those around us who love us we may not get very far on the path towards that wish. Support from those we love is important and vital for us to achieve those things we want to accomplish.
Go back to that list you compiled (if you didn’t yet write down your wishes, I’ll wait…), now list those you think would support and encourage you while you strive to accomplish those wishes or goals. Most likely you’ve listed some family, close friends and maybe even a few co-workers that you feel you could count on to help and encourage you. That’s awesome, but did you think about listing God as a person who could and would encourage you? He wants you to be the best version of yourself He created, so why wouldn’t He encourage and support you? Yes, I know it’s kinda awkward to think about our Heavenly Father supporting you, but He does. Trust me.
A quick search on www.BibleGateway.com for ‘encouragement’ brought up this verse from 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (HCSB):
“May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word.” (emphasis added)
God loves us and wants to encourage us in the good things we strive to accomplish. Why don’t we turn to Him first for encouragement? He’s waiting to do just that for us.