I Wish…

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I wish I could write like the authors I read.
I wish I could sing like the vocalists I hear.
I wish I could preach like the preachers I listen to.
I wish I could lead like the leaders I’m around.

I think my “wishes” probably point to some broken and fallen need in me to be the center of it all, to have my ego stroked or something else that I’m sure isn’t good. The list likely reveals more my faults than my desires.

Maybe I should wish to be grateful and content for the things God has allowed me to do well and forge onward in discipline and effort to do those things with greater passion and excellence.

I wish that would be my wish.

Yancey Arrington
Dr. Yancey C. Arrington is an eighth generation Texan, Acts 29 Network and Houston Church Planting Network fan, and Teaching Pastor at Clear Creek Community Church in the Bay Area of Houston. He is also author of Preaching That Moves People and TAP: Defeating the Sins That Defeat You, and periodically writes for Acts 29 and The Gospel Coalition.

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