On the radio this morning, I heard a report that said the two most popular jobs young children wish to be when they grow up are a doctor or a professional athlete. It made me think of my own childhood dreams that included a few professions—one of which was a writer—but the two other big ones were a ninja or a secret agent.
The ninja was out of the question since I never took karate classes as a child…but hey, The Karate Kid and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were pretty big movies when I was growing up. Cartoons like Inspector Gadget inspired my desire to be a secret agent, I’m pretty sure. As for writing, I always liked the idea of pulling words out of my head and putting them on paper—it almost seemed magical.
I’m bringing this up now because Christmas is a great time to foster the gifts that God has given you—and it’s the perfect time to support others, young and old, with some of their dreams as well. Do you have a friend who always wanted to be an artist? Why not get them a paint set and a small canvas for the holiday? Know someone who always was good with computers? How about a book on coding or web design? Is someone good with crafts? How about some crochet needles and yarn?
Christmas reminds me of the Biblical quote: “Let the little children come to me” (Matthew 19:14) because it’s the one time of year that I feel full of childlike wonder and excitement. Bringing someone’s former dreams to life can possibly help bring that joy to them all year long.