Today (Dec 3) is my (Dana) 44th birthday and with it came all of the questions of what do you want for your birthday? What do you want for Christmas? It got me thinking, what is the perfect gift anyway? I have spent a lot of time reflecting on Psalms 37:4
“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
This prayer totally changed how I feel about what I want. The things that I once wished for no longer appeal to me, not that they are bad things to have, I just no longer have a desire to obtain them. With our recent appointment to WorldVenture, I am starting to see myself living in another culture. I have started looking at things in my home and will think, will I take it or leave it. I have turned into my grandmother as someone will say they like something in my house and I tell them they can have it. What am I thinking? It took me a lot of birthdays, Christmas’ and bargain shopping to get all of this stuff! Take new winter boots for another example, they are all the rage now, and guess what, I don’t want them. I really want to want them, but the desire is just not there. In Ghana there are only 2 seasons, rainy and dry. What do I need with a pair of winter boots where I am going! Today is my birthday and I will receive gifts that will bring me a temporary joy and that is okay and even fun for a bit, but after 44 birthdays, I have finally realized that I have the perfect gift and have had that gift for the last 19 years. God saved me and I am his forever and it brings me joy to serve him out of gratitude and love for sending his son to die for my sins. It is the most important gift that I have been given or will ever be given and for that I am very thankful. There is a joy in serving Him and to me, that joy is the perfect gift! What about you, what is your perfect gift?