Merry Christmas friends! I’ve had a wonderful Christmas Eve. I worked out with my trainer, did some boxing and then went to Cinemark Draper to see It’s a Wonderful Life on the big screen- one of my all time favorite movies. In the movie, George Bailey makes sacrifices for his friends over and over again. Life in return gives him many great moments but it also asks him to keep sacrificing He finally reaches a breaking point where he can’t give another inch and is about to give up on life. It’s then that God intervenes, sends down Clarence and shows him what all that sacrificing meant to people.
Granted the life without George Bailey may be a little stark. I for one have not saved anyone’s life or stopped someone from poisoning another person, so my ‘life without me’ might not be a hell hole of debauchery and despair! However, we have to also remember that they were dealing with a man about to kill himself so subtlety might not have worked. I mean if they had shown him life being relatively the same that would be even more of a reason to jump off a bridge!
The thing that struck me today as I rewatched the film on Christmas Eve is how George was missing all the goodness given to him and focusing on the sacrifices. It was only when he stepped out of himself and saw things from another’s point of view he realized how precious not only his friends were but his life was as well. How easy is it to focus on the things you do not have, the trips you wish you could take, the spouse you wish you could have, the friends you wish you hung out with etc. Instead we should focus on the many things we do have in our life and the important role we all play to each other- even if it is not as dramatic as George Bailey and the citizens of Bedford Falls!
I guess I was thinking about this because I am alone on Christmas again. I did spend Christmas Eve with my Grandma and other relatives and some of my family come to town on the 27th, but Christmas Day I am alone. While it certainly wouldn’t be my choice, I am going to try and focus on the many people I have in my life and how good God has been to me this year.
In that spirit, I want to say thanks to all of you. I admit this year I have been a bit more divided between the two blogs and the youtube channel, but hopefully I’ve still provided good content to this blog. I have certainly loved writing the more personal, eclectic entries here. You all add so much to my life. That’s not just lip service but true. Thank you! I hope I add some small something to yours.
I hope you feel love this Christmas Day and know that ‘no man is a failure who has friends’- even online friends!
Merry Christmas and God bless you