So here we go:-
"When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you
If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do....."
You know - we all wish!! - we wish for this we wish for that - and I guess there is absolutely nothing wrong in wishing!
Poor old Geppetto the puppeteer longed so much for a little boy of his own - so he made Pinocchio. Then he wished Pinocchio would come to life - just like a 'real' boy - so he "Wished upon a star."
The rest is history - the "Blue Fairy" the "Song" the little wooden boy coming to life. How marvellous!
But it was brought home to me just recently that sometimes wishing can be dangerous.
Some people seemingly live their lives in a fantasy world - wishing and dreaming and hoping (just like another song I've heard)- happy to float along - never really committing to anything - always dreaming of a 'better' life with more money or better looks or a bigger car or winning lotto etc etc.
Wishing can lead to regrets as well - "I wish I hadn't done that" or "I wish I had said this."
Like Geppetto we look dreamily out of windows and wish upon stars in our lives not really understanding life and missing out on the biggest opportunity of all time.
There is no room for wishing, regrets and guilty consciences after we have come to Jesus - How amazing is that?
Jesus promises us a guilt-free life, full of His awesome promises, and it's all free - price paid by Him.
But instead of accepting His awesome gift, we prefer something more ostentatious, more flimsy, more flamboyant - we prefer to put our faith and hope in temporal things - things that won't last but will give us a buzz anyway.
A new home, a new car, clothes, jewellery, furniture - all give us temporary happiness and we think - Yes! now I will be happy - My stars have come in for me.
When we do have problems or trials we prefer to consult our friends, employees, financial advisers and yes, even the stars. Anything that will make us comfortable and feeling good - even temporarily!
As long as our positive self-image is well fed and our self confidence and self assurance is at an all time high, for outward appearances anyway, we can manage.
And so we dream/stumble/claw/fantasise our way through life - making do with second best - jumping from one "high" to another - trying not to think too hard about the real issues in life.
Jesus came to do away with all that - this world is only a stop on our way to Heaven.
Peter, that disciple who denied Jesus said in his first epistle 2: 11-12 "Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which wars against your soul"
Then Paul writes in Philippians 3:20 "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ."
So how about our life here on earth? Well.... God made it for us to enjoy and we definitely live here - there is no denying that!
But it was through our sinful lives that has spoilt God's amazing creation. That is why Jesus had to come to earth, and die to atone, compensate or make amends, if you like, for our rebellion against God.
When we repent, turn away from, be truly sorry for our sins and accept His forgiveness as being the only way to a complete and full acceptance of Jesus being our Lord and Saviour, then we become new People.
Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5: 17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
After we have accepted this awesome gift, then we become citizens of Heaven and our new home is there rather than here on earth.
So let's get our mind off earthly things which will give us 'temporary' happiness at best. We can only find true happiness in God - we don't have to go wishing on a star - we don't have to depend on anything this world offers - we can have treasures abounding and unlimited in Heaven.