Christmas - It's a Wonderful Life
What can be said about Christmas movies that hasn’t already been said? We all have our favorites that are a part of our family tradition whether watched on Christmas day or during the season. One of my favorites, if not my very favorite, is the classic, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ with Jimmy Stewart.
It’s not that movies like, ‘Christmas Carol’, ‘A Christmas Story’, ‘Home Alone’, or ‘Elf’ are not right up there near the top, but they just don’t get me in the heart like ‘It’s a Wonder Life’ does. The story of a man at the end of his will to live who had sacrificed everything for others, nearly losing it all, only to find, through the gift of an angel, that his life had much more value that he gave it credit for.
The truth of the story hits home for many of us. We’ve suffered losses, challenges, felt that we had to give up our dreams so that others could pursue theirs, and as though no one appreciated what we have done for them. Some of us have found ourselves on that bridge wondering the same thing. Would it have been better if I had never been born?
The good news at Christmas is that, no matter what we’ve suffered or lost in this life, our life has value. We may not realize how much until the very end, but all the little things we do for others makes a difference. The times we’ve sacrificed for our children and given even when it hurts, make a bigger difference in their lives, and the lives of those they touch, that we can possibly see today.
We must never give up on giving. The hope that, even those things no one will see, may make a difference one day, helps us to keep giving. Our lives truly do make a difference. It doesn’t have to be something we’re famous for, it can just be a smile or a hug. Maybe it’s stopping by the widow’s home on Christmas to say Merry Christmas. Whatever it is, God sees it and He will remember.
This Christmas Eve, if you’re feeling like your life doesn’t matter, stop and take a moment to think of that one person you know who needs your attention in their life. It may be a child, a friend, a co-worker, or a family member. Think of what you could do to make a difference; even if it’s just a seemingly small thing. Then, take a few minutes to do that. The reward you feel inside will more than make up for the time and money you spent to bless them.
Your life has meaning. All our lives have meaning. We’re all in this together. The best way to find that meaning, is to share with others. In the end, we may never see the results of our giving, but the lives we affected will never be the same…
The Mrs and I want to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas this year! You are loved and appreciated my friends. Even if you feel like you have no purpose, God knows differently. He has a plan for you and wants you to know you are loved today. May the gift of His son, and the celebration of that gift at Christmas, bring you all true joy and peace today…
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