And it’s really, really easy to play along and do just that. We could be like Eloise and have a list we literally roll out on the floor to add to when something else comes to mind. But I’d like to encourage you to pause with me for a minute and think about what we really need this year.
I don’t need a bigger house. I don’t need a newer car. I don’t need a better-paying job. I don’t need nicer clothes. I don’t need more recognition. I don’t need more followers. I don’t need a flashy ministry. I don’t need a husband, two kids, a dog, and a white picket fence.
All I need is Jesus.
But before you think I’m fully convinced of the truth of that statement, let me assure you that I forget it more often than I remember it. Knowing something in my head is far different from believing it in my heart and living it out in everyday life.
However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not working on it. I’m choosing to continually remind myself of what really matters.
I don’t need to feel like I have this whole adulting thing under control. All I need is Jesus.
I don’t need the government to get straightened out. All I need is Jesus.
I don’t need politics to make sense or be handled kindly and graciously. All I need is Jesus.
I don’t need for my Thanksgiving plans to go off without a hitch. I don’t need a beautifully-set table, the most delicious turkey we’ve ever tasted, and a perfect balance of hearty and indulgent sides and desserts. All I need is Jesus.
I don’t need a job that’s flashy or impressive, one that makes me jump out of bed every morning, eager to get to work. All I need is Jesus.
Yes, all of those things are nice, and I hope many of them will come to pass, but I can’t wait for them. I can’t put my stock in them. I can’t place my faith in them. Because once I attain one, I will keep looking forward to the next. I’ll never be content. I’ll be placing my trust in frail, fallible humans who have the capacity for great things but also the capacity for the ability to disappoint.
I’m certainly not in a place in which I live this truth out all the time, but I like to think that by reminding myself of it often, I’m taking small steps forward. This year, as the season for giving and receiving gifts comes around, I am planning on deliberately focusing on what I really need instead of distracting myself with a mountain of flashy new things. And I hope that by sharing with you, I’m helping you do the same.
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