When Robert Louis Stevenson penned these words, he gave the world a complete menu for a positive attitude through life. "The world is so full of a number of things I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings". What would a king desire, more than his kingdom? What secret wish would he need or want?
A Father knows the needs of his children, as he provides for them. His treasured secrets are for his wife and children, the kingdom of his heart. What does he want for Christmas for himself? What special present would best fulfill his dreams?
The Christmas list, Dad's secret wishes, must be deciphered with careful scrutiny by members of the kingdom. What does Father want for Christmas? Often Dad does not present his wants and needs in a neat little package we call a Christmas list.
He keeps them secret in his heart. The secret of love that Christmas brings is a gift that we who learn to give a piece of our heart away will understand the needs of others. It is difficult to know what someone else wants for Christmas as the secret wish list is often tucked away. Nevertheless, there is a window in each heart. Often we look through the glass and decide for ourselves what is inside, but in the clear darkness we never really know.
Everyone in the kingdom looks to the best for Christmas. The king is open to listening and life is quiet and peaceful and seems easier. The gift for the king is still not tallied; no one is sure of what to buy. Would a new shirt, a tie, with socks to match, or a whole new outfit be a proud affirmation of Dad? Socks are always reliable as a gift for Father, for he understands the difficult part of choosing a gift and he appreciates our love and effort. He receives all of our gifts with a grateful heart.
Does Father enjoy sports? Golf or hunting, or travel? Consider what he most needs for his favorite hobby. At this time of year, the South Dakota scene includes new togs for pheasant hunting. A hunter can always use a new outfit so he will be warm and dry. A gift of the new gun he has been wanting will bring added excitement to his hunting experiences.
Every Dad appreciates a gift that is handmade for him. A Father can see the depth of love in such a gift. It is a gift that cannot be measured in dollars and cents. The thought and effort of an original creation is a reflection of the heart. It is no secret. This gift is custom made, given with special love.
How will we know when Father's secret wish list is complete? When we thought we had found his secret wants and needs, we hastened to gift him with what we thought was best for him. What if his secret wish list is really acceptance and appreciation of whatever gifts he receives?
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Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about this as well as Father's Day gifts at www.shop4fathersday.com
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