While thinking over why some seem to have charmed lives--I remembered that great Christmas classic, "It's A Wonderful Life." I must admit---almost every year, I revisit this age old story--it never grows old.
Good Old George Bailey--Husband-Son-Daddy-Friend to All--the consummate selfless do-gooder and his arch enemy-Mr. Potter--Greedy Businessman--Friendless--Wealthy--Power-hungry--bent on destroying George and all he stands for. The age old story of good versus evil! The story becomes pivotal when George--poor George--is bent on destroying himself when his world seems to be crashing down around his ears and he reeks of failure and despair. Then in steps the wingless angel--Clarence--on a mission to save George and earn his wings to boot.
As I thought over the story here is what struck me---George had not lived a perfect life---it had been a struggle---BUT George had always sought to do the right thing. When Clarence took George on a stroll down memory lane---it was a good life---and many had benefited from George's selfless kindness. Why in fact, George was well loved-and held in high esteem. George had failed to live out the dream he had for his life--but the life he lived had been much better than any selfish dream of great success and life in Utopia. George had lived the wonderful life--he had just lost sight of the beauty--when failure knocked on his door.
For many of us---life may not look as we thought it would---but should we allow our short sightedness destroy the total picture? Do we allow one bad chapter to destroy the entire book? Do we become so consummed with failure that we forget the successes? It is reminiscent of football fans---their team's record is 11-1--it is their choice to remember the 11 wins or focus on the one defeat. Most of us have suffered loss--defeat---but life has also been filled with success-the good things--where do you choose to focus?
God has a plan for our life---the story of George beautifully alludes to this plan---a plan for hope and a future---plans not to harm us but to prosper us. The loss--the defeats---they are all part of the plan---He can use ALL things for His good and WHAT a beautiful life it is when we are in His will for us---A WONDERFUL LIFE INDEED!
'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.