Monday, December 7, 2015

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

A Texas friend told me this very week, she was living a wonderful life--and had never experienced anything negative or had any drama during her 50 years of living.  OH MY---I met one of the miracles here on this earth!  I do not have a superstitious bone in my body, but I still told her--KNOCK ON WOOD!!!---you are asking for it!




 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.
Jeremiah 29:11

5 comments:

  1. I am not superstitious, Lulu. But it all started going wrong in my life all those years ago when I walked under a black cat. I remember I also dropped a mirror that day. It did not break. I thought this was bad lack, so I dropped it again and broke it. And life got worse from then on.

    Shortly afterwards I got married. Until then I did not know what true happiness was; but then it was too late. What a mistake marriage was. No one told me that when you marry you also get her family. Especially the mother-in-law; all the big huge roundness of her. I remember well the day I first met her; we had an eclipse that day. To be fair, she is the one who introduced me to religion. I did not know what hell was until I met her. One night I had a nightmare that I met the devil face to face. Somehow, I was very calm and not frightened. He asked me: Do you know who I am? I relied: Yes. He went red in the face and asked again: Are you not afraid of me? I replied: No ... I know your sister!

    Believe me Lulu, it's been a difficult life since then. Just like George Bailey in the film. It now got to the point when I can tell when the mother-in-law is visiting us. She leaves her broom in the porch.

    But as you say in your wonderful post, Lulu (I envy you you know. You write so well). As I was saying before I interrupted myself. Must stop doing that. I loose my train of thoughts. By the way, the trains to work were running late yesterday. They said it was because of shortage of staff. Why can't they employ taller ones? What was I saying? Oh yes ... you're right Lulu. We must concentrate on the successes in our lives. The things that make us happy and make us smile. Like meeting you on the Internet for instance. Yeah ... we have plenty to be thankfull for.

    God bless you.

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    1. Victor, does your mother in law read your writings-sonething tells me, NO! I am always delighted to have at least one laugh everyday from you, Victor- NOW that is talent !
      Blessings, Friend!

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  2. It was nice to hear this today. And it's always fun to read Victor's musings.
    Hope your day is blessed. ~:)

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    1. Victor, is a funny man!
      Blessings, Friend!

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  3. As you have given me something to ponder on, Victor has given me my laugh of the day!!! Both are wonderful and welcome. I downloaded on my kindle a book on A Wonderful Life. Chapter by chapter it gives a commentary and message of life. Good Read. love you.

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Your comments keep my writing and often cause me to think. A written form of a hug or a pat on the back and an occasional slap into reality---I treasure them all!