One of my favorite traditions for the holiday season is to sit back with a bowl of popcorn and enjoy the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  It’s a story of the impact each of us has on the world as we know it.  We may think we’re insignificant in the scheme of things, but as George Bailey discovers at the pivotal point of his life, the world would not be the same without us.

Of course, in the movies, there has to be someone in charge of making sure that a perfect ending happens.  Case in point, the guardian angel, Clarence, who has not yet earned his wings.  He’s been following George’s life from the day he was born.  He witnessed George at save his younger brother from drowning in an icy river.  He saw him fall in love, set aside his own dreams of becoming the world’s greatest architect, and put everyone else before himself because he was just that kind of a guy.

When push comes to shove, George is about to lose the business he kept alive after his father’s death.  He faces bankruptcy, public humiliation and the loss of everything and everyone he holds dear.  This is where Clarence steps in and finally finds his own place in the rank of angels.  He shows George the impact he had on others and the reasons he should go on living.

Have you ever been in a spot like George?  Have you felt that you were insignificant, unimportant, disposable?  I think we all face those thoughts at some time in our lives.  Maybe that’s why I like this movie so much.  It shows us that we all have value in some way or another.

There’s another story that talks about that same thing, but it’s not just a story.  It’s true. The Bible tells us exactly what God expects of us – perfection. Because we were born sinners, it’s impossible for us to be perfect, so God provided a means for us to obtain perfection.  It was through Him – through His great love for all humanity, that He took on human form, became our brother, experienced all the things that we do, but never sinned.  He was the perfect sacrifice – the unblemished Lamb of God.  He died for us.  He forgave our sins.  We now can approach His throne completely washed clean.

What a precious message.  God loves us so much that He alone made it possible for us to be free of the thing that draws us away from Him – our sin.

George Bailey discovered that his was a wonderful life.  We have that same confidence, not by why we’ve accomplished, but because God stretched out His arms to redeem us. We can rest assured that a perfectly wonderful life awaits us in eternity.  In the meantime, we have a lifetime to share ourselves while here on earth.

OK, so I cried as the movie ended.  I always do.  I’m a sap for happy endings.  I’m also thankful that our happy ending is just on the other side of eternity.



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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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10 Responses to A WONDERFUL LIFE

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  2. I too truly love that movie—I always felt my husband’s life somewhat mirrored George’s and I tried getting him to watch it…but he just doesn’t quite see it…
    I’ll keep trying 🙂

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  3. Salvageable says:

    I’ve always enjoyed that movie too–I see it almost every December, and sometimes in the summer. But one of my daughters posted this weekend on Facebook about how this movie makes her feel inadequate. She’s never saved anyone’s life. She’s made no sacrifices to keep a roof over the head of other people. She’s never stood up to a rich and powerful man on behalf of the rest of the community. She can understand George Bailey deserving the help of a guardian angel, but what about the rest of us? she asked. J.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I think George felt inadequate because he felt so responsible for everyone else. The things we do for others may not seem important or news worthy, but it will make a difference to someone, even without our realizing. Each person has something unique to offer the world. It’s up to us to figure out what it is and Use it to God’s glory. That’s when we need to depend upon God the most. With him all things are possible. On our own we don’t deserve anything but God always has our back.

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      • Salvageable says:

        That’s very true. George didn’t realize how important he was because he was acting out of love and compassion, not out of a desire to do great things. I guess we don’t need to figure out what our unique gift is; we just need to keep living lives of active compassion and love, pitching in where we see a need. J.

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  4. It’s my favorite Christmas movie

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