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No Need for My Wishes

Published July 6, 2014 by Jess Arwen


From The Daily Post’s Generous Genies: Remember those lovely genies who grant wishes? Well, you’re one and you’ve just been emancipated from your restrictive lamp. You can give your three wishes to whomever you want. Who do you give your three wishes to, and why?

If I had three wishes to give, I’d want to give them to someone who could do something useful them: change the world, in fact. Yet who out of everyone who has lived to this point in our history books could possibly possess the knowledge, wisdom, grace, and love sufficient to actually do good for this world instead of making it ten times worse?

Think about it. There exist so many stories of genies who twist people’s wishes in order to teach them to be grateful. If you wish to jump high, they turn you into a frog. If you wish to be different, they give you warts and boils. These stories all support the adage, “Be careful what you wish for.” Thus, the perfect recipient of these wishes must know how to perfectly articulate what precisely is the wish.

Next, the recipient must also be wise enough to put the correct articulations into action to change the world instead of simply wishing selfishly to have money. They must have grace to see the faults in the world and still find it worth their wishes for betterment, but grace in fact to not change its essence. What would we be if someone wished we were all nice to each other? We’d probably be insincere. Plus, it wouldn’t be any fun anyways.

Finally, the recipient of my three wishes must have love enough to truly want each and every one of us to be better than ourselves, and they must love us so much that they’d want us to love each other as much as they love us! Could you follow that one? If I love the world so much I’d want to alleviate its pain, I’d want all the other people to love their colleagues enough to do the same.

Who, then, is fit for my wishes?

No president has had perfect politics. No mom has raised her children without problems (although, you moms are doing a great job, so keep it up!). No dads, no teachers, no mentors, no scholars…no one is fit for these wishes. Well, except one. I figure since it’s Sunday, it isn’t too pushy to bring the name Jesus Christ into this one. If there is anyone fit to bear my wishes who would love the world enough to save it from itself, who would give us grace enough to not deserve it, who would be intelligent enough to not mess it up, and who would be wise enough to put His knowledge into action, it’s Him. Luckily, He already saved the world.

He has no need for my wishes, but if I had them, I’d give them to Him, since He knows what to do even without them. I’ll thank the Lord for that everyday!