Recently, there was a baby shower in honor our our 8 week old son (he’s already a hit with the ladies). There were many gifts imparted unto the boy, but maybe the best thing he received was a collection of fill-in-the-blank cards called “Wishes for Baby.” They looked like this:
- I hope you learn to______.
- I hope you become______.
- I hope you grow______.
When I read these, I had a couple of thoughts: what a blessing to have people share this with my son and isn’t this really how life should be?
The wishes we wish for people when they’re a baby – or on their birthday, graduation day, wedding day, when they’re terminally ill, going through something incredibly difficult – mean well, but can seem foreign or naive when cast against your current reality. It can feel like these wishes are to be kept in a box and only pulled out for milestones or emergencies.
Maybe another way of saying it is wouldn’t it be refreshing if these were the things we sought daily? I think if we did strive to grow in wisdom, love life and adventure, laugh a lot, and seek God, then all of the other stuff that robs us of our time – negative people, anxiety, fear – would take care of themselves.
Admittedly, my fill in the blanks a lot of the time look like this:
- I hope I don’t _____again.
- I fear_____.
- I am ______ at work/home.
These cards were a great reminder to me of what is important. After all, how can you argue with:
- I hope you learn to love.
- I hope you become the man God wants you to be.
- I hope you grow old and laugh often.
Reading these cards reminded me (again) that we are more than _______. The future is unknown, but why can’t it be brighter and better than our current set of circumstances?
Why should we settle for _____, when we can be so much more?