Dec. 25, 2016

It's a wonderful life!

My second favorite Christmas movie of all time is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” My hope is that they never try to remake this film. I cannot imagine anyone starring in it besides James Stewart and Donna Reed. Everything about the film is wonderful.

The movie offers a glimpse of “every man” having no idea the impact we make on the lives of others. We often forget that our greatest accomplishments are simple acts of kindness, loyalty, faithfulness, and just plain goodness.

Of course, the movie has a villain. The rich and greedy Mr. Potter tries to control everything and everyone. His selfishness drives his life and he has no idea that it is his own meanness that makes his life absolutely miserable. While he tries to blame others for his shortcomings and tries to take control of everyone, he doesn’t win because love prevails.

That is my prayer for us in 2017. I pray that we willingly perform simple acts of kindness. I hope that we redefine loyalty and faithfulness in all of our relationships; most especially our marriages. And, I hope that we stick together and pull our resources to lend a hand for those in need. I pray that the selfish, greedy control freaks are not allowed to get their way. I pray for goodness and love to prevail.

If we follow this longstanding formula for success, we will see it truly is a wonderful life!