One of my favorite Christmas movies is by far “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The story, the acting, the raw everyday reality of being married with kids, keeping it together, trying to keep going when everything is crashing down. There is so much meaning in it and I feel it has inspiration for any age, married or single, with kids or without, in dealing with life and learning to live.
It took an angel named Charlie to show George what it meant to live, what he already had and could never lose, the real meaning of Christmas and being thankful for the love and influence he had but couldn’t see it. I think we all need to step back sometimes and realize this – don’t jump off a bridge, and expect your guardian angel to go first, but spend a little time considering your thoughts, knowing you’re not alone.
“I’m tired of living.” – me
“You’re tired of not living.” – God
What is living?
Coping with the loss of a loved one is still living. (“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” – CS Lewis, A Grief Observed)
Healing / Dealing with a chronic condition is still living.
Not having a future of certainty.
Trying to conceive.
Waiting to adopt.
Wanting to move.
Working a temp. job.
Seeking advice from a therapist.
Raising a prodigal child.
Life after divorce.
Depending on public transportation.
Having another birthday.
Christ was born not only to save and heal but He showed us HOW to live… to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44), to live without fear and worry of things and circumstance (Luke 12:22-31), to share our possessions (Luke 12:33), to help those who aren’t like us (Luke 10:30-35), to care for the widow and orphan (James 1:27)… And this causes us to become more of who we are because of knowing Him (Ephesians 1:11, 1:17-19, 2:10)… It’s a wonderful life if we know Him and recognize we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
Death of loved ones, being a constant caregiver, dreams, rerouted plans doesn’t mean it’s all wonderful, but shows how very much alive we are, feeling and hoping and persevering, never alone in the life we are given.