Jesus said that he came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. In making my wish list for the world this Christmas, that abundant life would look something like this:
Greed is kept in check as we learn not just to live from our minds, but with the combined intelligence of the heart and mind.
Children the world over have enough food to eat and clean water to drink, and fake, highly processed, chemical-laden food is a thing of the past not because of laws against it, but because we finally take seriously what it does to us, and profit is not put above health.
Children are cherished and given high priority, not necessarily with “things”, but with time and attention and encouragement to develop the natural gifts they’ve been given to bless the world and in return to live satisfying, joyful lives.
Conflict isn’t avoided but embraced to discover the gifts hidden within it to teach us more about ourselves and how to move forward. We practice this in small ways until we can apply it to larger conflict.
We genuinely seek peace and pursue it.
We stop passing along our wounds, fears, and prejudices to the next generation but learn to deal with them ourselves and be healed.
More people have a divine revelation of the inherent value of every human being. We recognize that we all have one-of-a-kind qualities that equip us to live the life we were meant to live with our unique gifts and challenges.
Freedom and creativity flourish.
We never take for granted the gift of life but live in awe and gratitude and make it a high priority to take care of ourselves, each other, and the beautiful world we have been given.
True, vibrant health becomes more common as we learn to feel our feelings and let them pass through us, learn to forgive, learn to deal with stress before it takes a toll on our minds and bodies, eat natural, whole food, and enjoy moving our bodies in ways that are fun and pleasurable (challenging at times, but not as a punishment for eating too much or not taking care of ourselves).
We learn to seek first the Kingdom of God. This is a kingdom ruled by the law of love – not a sentimental love that is afraid to deal with the nitty-gritty things of this life and not just the idea of love – but a powerful love that permeates every area of our lives and transforms our habits, choices, and actions, a love that once understood is like the yeast in bread dough – it changes everything.