This is the time of year that I enjoy my 20-minute drive to and from work the most. All of the great Christmas music is playing on the radio and all the happy memories and feelings surface. There’s a song that you’ve probably heard by Amy Grant called, Grownup Christmas List. For some reason, I never took the time to pay attention to this song until last night. I was driving home and accidently listened to the song. I got chills down my spine. The very first line of the song, “Do you remember me, I sat up on your knee. I wrote to you with childhood fantasies”, really hit me the hardest because I found myself regressing back to my own childhood and thought to myself, “gosh I hope my two children are having as wonderful of a childhood as I had.” I also got a little sad thinking that I’m now a grown man and that all of my memories as a kid are just that—memories. But I also felt a sense of joy knowing that as a father I have the opportunity to provide my own children with the same memories I now cherish and to also create my own new memories of raising my children.
The song starts out with an innocent little girl sitting on Santa’s knee telling him what she wants for Christmas. That girl is a grown-up now and has a new Christmas wish list and it’s not filled with toys and games; it’s filled with wishes for peace and love not only for her, but also for the whole world. Here are the lyrics to that part of the song:
So here?s my lifelong wish, my grown-up Christmas list. Not for myself, but for a world in need.
No more lives torn apart,
That wars would never start,(and wars would never start)
And time would heal all hearts.
And everyone would have a friend,
And right would always win,
And love would never end.
This is my grown-up Christmas list.
Folks our world is in need. Why do lives have to be torn apart? Why do wars have to start? Why doesn’t right always win? Why doesn’t everyone have a friend? It doesn’t have to be this way. We can change our world. All I ask from everyone reading this is that YOU make a personal commitment, NOW, to change your flaws, your gripes and your outlook, to change your anger and your fear. Look around and go out of your way to spread peace and joy and do what is right. Look at your own children for that matter and learn from their innocence. You were an innocent kid once too. Take it all in. If every person on this planet made this commitment we wouldn’t have any problems in this world.
Have a happy and joyful holiday season!!!!