“You’ve been given a great gift, George; a chance to see what the world would be like without you”. “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” 2 of my favorite lines from the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life”, spoken by Clarence the Angel in a conversation with his earthly assignment George Bailey.
Ever wonder what life would look like had you not been born? Ever ponder the void you might leave behind when you die? Or, how about the lives we touch in our lifetime? No surprise, I have pondered these questions. I don’t spend a lot of time wondering what life would look like were I not born. That scenario is virtually impossible to envision. But, I have on several occasions “chewed upon” the ripple effect of one’s life touching another’s. Unless you’re a hermit, never talking to anyone, never answering the phone, never corresponding by email, never relating on Facebook, Twitter, and all other social medias… you touch someone’s life every single day.
Think upon this for just a moment. Every day of your life, you touch someone else’s life. This thought is both rewarding and scary. Am I touching someone else’s life for good, or not so good? Do they walk away feeling encouraged or discouraged? Have I helped them with a need or left them in need? When they wanted someone to listen, did I listen, or was I too busy?
Here’s the kicker, there are many lives we touch in a day, a year, a lifetime; many of those we’ve nary a clue we’ve touched. We have no clue, because the moment was simply that… a moment. A momentary interaction between us and one other person who we may never speak to or see again; yet, we touched their lives.
I doubt any of us will receive a such a gift in our lifetime. Yet, there is a gift, a wonderful gift, surpassing in value the gift George Bailey received. God, who is Spirit, took on human form, when he was born to human parents; centuries ago in a little town called Bethlehem. His purpose was to provide a gateway, a bridge for us to enter into an eternal relationship upon our death with Him. Why would anyone desire to leave a heavenly realm to be born human on earth, to endure shame, scorn, ridicule, beatings, and a horrific death; especially if they had a choice. God had a choice! Believe it or not, he did so out of a genuine love for his creation, for his people, for us! Sadly, many reject his gift. Yes, it’s a gift. It’s the gift of relationship, friendship, eternal life. All he asks, is we accept the gift with our whole heart, allowing Him to be a part of our lives today and on into eternity.
There’s another Spirit-being who hopes you’ll never accept Jesus, God’s precious gift; that spirit is Satan, who battles God to win the hearts of mankind. We don’t need to say yes to Satan; all we need do is say no to Jesus, and Satan wins.
Our earthly life writes chapter 1. You get to decide how and where the remaining chapters will be written. If you’ve not accepted the gift of God’s son, I pray this Christmas you say yes and open your heart to Jesus. What greater gift could we give to the person whose birthday we celebrate this season then the gift of you, of me, of us? Trust me, you have nothing to lose and a hope filled eternity to gain. There is no time like the “present” to accept God’s gift and unwrap the love filled within.
Your gift is waiting…. will you receive it?
Until next time,