Do our eyes see what a wonderful life it is?
It's easy for our eyes to wander from the truth, especially during the Christmas season.
The very season where we want to focus on what is important,
what we stake our lives on,
what we claim we believe in our hearts.
This is the time we are pushed and pulled in directions we didn't know existed.
Soon we are overwhelmed and thinking like George Bailey in, It's A Wonderful Life, as darkness overtakes him following the loss of a large bank deposit.
He feels defeated, finished. He wanders home and explodes on his family.
Life had dealt him an unfair hand.
He had stopped believing.... It was just too hard.
"This drafty old barn! Might as well be living in a refrigerator! Why did we have to live here in the first place and stay around this measly, crummy old town?...Everything's wrong. You call this a happy family? Why do we have to have all these kids?" His son asks for help with his homework: "Dad, how do you spell frankincense?" George unwillingly snaps back: "I don't know. Ask your mother."
"Everything is wrong" he announced to his family. His eyes were blinded by fear of failure, letting down his family, his town. Loss of respect... pride crept in, anger took over, hatred was given oxygen to ignite into a fire so big, it threatened to change the direction of his life.
But..... then hope showed up. Hope shows up and it becomes a great story. Truth wins in that movie.
George is given a fresh perspective, thanks to Clarence(and God). His eyes could now see the truth of who he is, what is truly important, the joys of a life well lived..... as compared to living a Mr Potter existence... empty, Scrooge like, Grinch loving, kind of life.
Does love win in our life durning this season? Do we remember God's words to us?
Deuteronomy 4:9 says, " Be on you guard and diligently watch yourselves, so that you don't forget the things your eyes have seen."
My prayer is that we would see with a new perspective this Christmas season. Loving one another tenderly, reaching out as Jesus taught us.
Recognizing the responsibility, joy and blessing in living a life that can be wonderful in spite of the situations we may find ourselves in.
Let us guard ourselves from the lies of this world and not forget the truths He has given us.
It really is A Wonderful Life.