Job spoke out and said: Perish the day on which I was born, the night when they said, “The child is a boy!” Why did I not perish at birth, come forth from the womb and expire? Job 3:2-3
My favorite movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life!” I think the author of the story must have gotten the idea from Job. Someone who is put upon with many struggles and who becomes hopeless, often might wish, he had never been born. Frank Capra skillfully portrays the story of what life would be like if George Bailey had never been born. Life in Bedford Falls would have been completely different if George hadn’t arrived on the planet!
It is important to me to look back often and assess how the world would be if I had not entered it. The difference I make on a daily basis is miniscule but an accumulation of kind acts, do leave an indelible imprint on the world and each one affects the lives of so many. I know that God gives me opportunities to be an advocate for Him, to touch a person and make each experience better by a smile, a touch or a considerate remark. Sometimes, that is all that He asks of me. I know that I fail often to even give that much. I am so grateful that God is patient with my shortcomings!
When the final judgment occurs, I am praying that God will be able to review my life and see that the world has been made better because I was on the planet. I hope He will say, You really did have a Wonderful Life!
Lord I am grateful for the times of testing as they give me a chance to look around and appreciate all You are doing in my life. Help me pay attention to the opportunities that You place before me to be an influence for change and faith. To act as George did, selflessly putting family, community and Your will before His own. I am grateful for my Wonderful Life.