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Archive for December, 2011

Happy New Year!

Reflecting on 2011, I have many blessings that I am so thankful for … my family, my faith, my health, and my friends.  As I look forward to 2012, there is one area of my life that I would like to work on …

I need to heed Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”.  I get so busy sometimes that I’m not listening to what’s going on around me.  There are times that I just need to slow down and share God’s love with those around me …

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

May the joy of knowing Christ be yours this holiday season and may you be filled with the true spirit of Christmas – its peace, its joy, and its love.

 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14)

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It’s A Wonderful Life

I never get tired of watching Frank Capra’s, “It’s A Wonderful Life”  (Dec 20 1946, Liberty Films).  It is the story of George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart), who tries to commit suicide on Christmas Eve but is saved by a guaridan angel, Clarence (Henry Travers), on assignment to show George why his life matters.  Throughout the movie George is shown what would have happened if he hadn’t existed.  George learns that, if he hadn’t existed, his brother Harry would have died in an accident as a child, his wife Mary would be a lonely spinster and many other people living in Bedford Falls who were touched by George through his savings and loan business would have suffered.  George discovered the miracles of unconditional love and a God-given purpose for his life.

George was a man of character, a generous selfless man, giving to those in need.  His discovered that life was not all about money, things, or achievements but instead about relationships, friends, and loved ones.

Like George, our lives touch many people … spouse, children, parents, siblings, co-workers, children’s friends, strangers we interact with daily, and the list goes on.  Now think of ‘Pay It Forward’, if you touch these lives and they in turn touch lives it will grow exponentially.

As we celebrate the anniversary of the debut of “It’s A Wonderful Life”, make it a family tradition to watch this great movie and reflect on your life, your purpose, and your legacy.

It’s hard to believe that “It’s A Wonderful Life” was actually a box-office flop at the time of its release.  It wasn’t until the 1970s that this movie became a Christmas movie classic.  It’s copyright wasn’t renewed so it became public domain and TV stations began airing it.   A God thing – maybe?

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