It’s a Wonderful Life, has there ever been a more well crafted executed film than this classic treasure?
I watch it at least once a year during Christmas time and yet it always amazes me with it’s beautiful story, characters, and acting.
George Bailey is an example to us all. Time and time again, he finds himself giving up on his dreams to help others. Really, his life is spent serving others, when he had truly wanted to be traveling the world, having an adventure.
Isn’t life funny? Isn’t God funny? I don’t mean haha funny, though our Creator clearly has a sense of humor, considering walruses and narwhals. I mean, what He chooses for us can seem funny.
Just like George, we may have dreams of traveling the world, or perhaps becoming famous, maybe even just getting away from our hometown, but God has other plans. For George, each time he was about to go his own way, God prevented him. George was leaving for college, his dad had a stroke. George was leaving for an exotic honeymoon, his father’s bank was going to be closed. George was going to travel the world , his brother got married and couldn’t take his place.
God can work that way with us. If we’re listening to Him at the time, we’ll make the same decisions George did. Should I be selfish and follow MY dreams or unselfish and help others?
Then there’s Mary, and really the pair of George and her. Instead of complaining when things go awry, they embrace it, especially Mary. There they were on the brink of their honeymoon and Mary gives all their traveling money away. Instead of moping about it, she makes the most of the situation. So George and Mary find themselves in a dilapidated, leaky, old house for their honeymoon, yet they couldn’t be happier.
We could do that more in our lives, couldn’t we? Give freely to others, generously to others. Make the most of every situation, find that silver lining, especially if we are believers.
Of course, George isn’t perfect and a life time of putting off his dreams, sacrificing, being optimistic, serving others, has worn him down. But it’s really the devil that pushes him to the edge.
That scene with Mr. Potter reminds me of how Satan likes to tempt us. Mr. Potter tells George, essentially, the truth, that George feels trapped, that he’s given so much. Satan likes to use facts to make us feel a lie, he has foundations, like you failed your exam, you lost that money, you do not have a spouse. Then, Mr. Potter offers George his heart’s desires: money, joy, respect, his wife’s happiness. Satan tricks us in that way too. But just like George did with Mr. Potter, we need to see right through his schemes and get to that Auld Lang Syne ending.
It is true that every man touches so many lives, that you’re priceless and worth so much. Unfortunately, we will not always get our Auld Lang Syne ending, moments where we see the rewards and treasures of our hard work. But God promises us we will see that in heaven. So if that scene at the end of this film moves your heart just a little, imagine that feeling, but times a million and that’s what you have to look forward to in heaven!
Choose to see everything like George does after Clarence brings him back to reality. Kiss, even the broken piece of the banister that comes off every time you touch it!