If I were to be able to grant my children three wishes I would ignore their requests for money, chocolate pop tarts, and someone to do their chores and instead give them these three wishes.
1. I would give them love. Different kinds of love. I want them to experience sloppy innocent high school love. The kind where the girl must write the boys name on a notebook over and over. The kind where the boy must give her his ring to lose. (Or not lose would be even better.) I would wish for them a mild case of unreturned love - so they know how it feels and will be kind if they ever receive it. I wish for my boys the kind of love that makes them want to protect a woman and keep her safe and I wish for Saige a man that lives to take care of her - even though she doesn't need it. (I wish that Shaye Baby would not clock any man who tries to help keep her protected and safe.)
Not only would I grant them romantic love, but love for people of all colors, of all walks of life. I would want them to have this love in such a quantity it leaves no room for hate in their heart.
**And I want them to have sibling love. The kind that actually causes them to be nice to each other because what good is loving someone if you still beat the crud out of them over a slice of frozen pizza.
2. I wish for them contentedness. This is a dangerous wish for a kid who would be perfectly happy living in a double wide owning more fishing poles than pants. I want them to be as ambitious as their goals require, but to always remember no material item will ever make them happy - except maybe DVR.
3. I would grant them the ability to hear God. I (sometimes) listen for God's plans, but I don't hear them. I need a billboard to reveal his direction and even then I second guess, "Surely He meant that billboard for some other Heather". I would grant my kids the ability to submit to God's will and to be faithful His will will pan out.
I think these three things will serve them better than money, health, friends, or pop tarts. Because really submitting to God's will is the key. If they can do that everything else should be pie!
What three things do you want most for your kids, or for any kid?