Spiritual Wish List by: Melissa Joy Wright Make a wish and blow out the candles. Make a wish upon a shooting star. Wish upon a four leaf clover, dandelion fuzz, a miss placed eyelash, or a backward necklace clasp. We've all heard these expressions of "wish". This year has been very full of self examination for me. After turning myself inside out, and trying to prioritize my life's purpose and desires, I've come up with my own very personal "Spiritual Wish List". If you'll permit me, I'll share it with you. Here is my ten spiritual wishes, in no particular order... 1. Note to me...Drop the drama, Drama-Queen! 2. Forgive myself for my past mistakes, but remember them just enough to not repeat them. 3. Be a GREAT parent, and raise my kids to be GREAT Christ followers. 4. Show my Jesus every day to everyone! 5. Be a loving and submissive wife. 6. Be in all things both a humble servant and an encourager. 7. Spend more time in God's word. 8. Another note to me...Less talk=more listen! 9. Be slow to anger. 10. Yet another personal reminder to myself... More Praise=Less Requests! Many sermons and song lyrics live in the above list, I realize. However, every wish is self explanatory, and I'm guessing, not just belonging to me. I'd venture to say these are desires we all share. I was drawn to a scripture in Acts when I asked myself how do I attain these wishes? Acts 2:38-47 it reads... "38Peter said to them, "Repent and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to himself."...42They were devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer...44All who believed were together and held everything in common, 45and they began selling their property and possessions and distributing the proceeds to everyone, as anyone had need...47praising God and having the good will of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number every day those who were being saved." This, in my opinion, is the moral of the story: You and I can not improve our lives alone. We need a savior, and we have one... he is Jesus Christ our Lord! Call to Him and accept Him for your own today! Ask and accept His forgiveness. Learn from His word and teachings. Get to know Christ personally, from both prayer and the reading the holy Bible. Hang out with other believers, and be uplifting to them and let them uplift you! Take your focus off yourself, and turn it to helping others. Give of your time, money, talents, and knowledge to others in Jesus name. And finally... praise, worship and thank the Lord every day in all ways and in all things! He will bless you. He will improve your life in every aspect. No, it will not be easy... but it will be worth it. Praise the Lord!