Wednesday, June 29, 2011

It's a Wonderful Life

Have you ever thought about how amazing it is that you were born?  Every person walking this earth is a living, breathing, miracle.  What would this world be like without you?  A beautiful example is found in the holiday classic: It's a Wonderful Life.  


As you probably already know, George Bailey finds himself in such despair he wishes he was never born.  His wish is granted, and he gets the unique opportunity to see his own world from a stranger's perspective.  Harry, George's little brother, drowned as a boy because he wasn't there to save him.  Mary, George's wife, never found the love of her life, and so grows old alone in an empty house.  George's children... well, they simply don't exist.   Finally, he wishes to be sent back when he realizes how much his life meant to others... what a wonderful life he had.

Happily, George ends up in the version of the world where he was born, his brother is alive, Mary's his wife, and he's a father.  George's troubles dissolve because his friends and family care about him... they help him in his time of need... which then turns into a time of joy and celebration.

We all have a purpose in this life... well really, purposes.  It's easy to lose sight of the 'big picture' just as George did.  We'll never know what the world would've been like without us, or where we'd be if we would've made different decisions... in the end, the 'what ifs' about our past are pointless.  

All we can be certain of is where we are right now.  We've made it here for a reason.  Every experience, whether good or bad, has shaped us in to who we are now, and who we are meant to be.  We are living out our own versions of a wonderful life, even if we haven't realized it yet. 

What if life doesn't seem so wonderful at the moment?  Just remember ~ no one has to go it alone.  If you're struggling through a difficult time, lean on your faith, family and friends.  There's nothing you can't handle, especially together. 

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.  
I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."  

~ Mother Teresa ~


  1. "Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD." - Psalm 31:24

    Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. -Galatians 6:2

    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. -Romans 8:18

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“Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.”

~ Mother Teresa