Ahhhhh, the Christmas season! Traditions and memories abound, it’s a wonderful life! Along with decorating the house and gathering family and friends, many enjoy watching their favorite Christmas movie or TV special. Loved ones badgered me for years to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I admit I wasn’t thrilled about seeing a black and white movie. This year I finally gave in. It is hard to top the stories ending. An angel saves a broken George Bailey. Bailey faces years away from his family in prison and doubts he ever made a difference in anyone’s life. The story ends by proving his doubts off target while restoring his broken life. He touched many more lives than he ever imagined!
I fall into the same trap as George Bailey. Life’s demands cause an overwhelmed feeling of lacking skill, finances or time to do what is needed. Life’s events, like the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that needlessly ended many lives, cause paralysis of heart and mind. These crisis moments make even the strongest Christian say, “It’s a Wonderful Life?!?!?!?” We shake our heads asking, “What good have I ever done?” and “Is it worth it?”
We will never know the purpose for everything that happens, but we do know God has given us a wonderful life. Scripture states that people are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:13-14) Designed in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26) We are also told God’s grace is sufficient according to the power He gives us through the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). The combination of His grace, power, and strength working in us sends an incredible message to a world in need of Christ. We are billboards for the “Wonderful Life” we experience now and for eternity. We are told to live such good lives in front of people who don’t believe in Christ that they will give God praise. (1 Peter 2:11-12) Life presents us less than wonderful circumstances but we can still have a wonderful life. Our response during trials impacts countless lives that want to know if we believe in the God we claim as Lord and Savior.
Now that we have started 2013 and challenges from flu epidemics to “fiscal cliff” ramifications await our response, will you live as if “It’s a Wonderful Life?” or “It’s a Wonderful Life!”