The 1946 film, It's A Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed was nominated for five Oscars, but was awarded none. It's a story of a man who's dreams never seems to materialize and who's life takes a serious turn for the worst, and leaves him thinking that things would have been much better if he had never been born. So Clarence, an angel from heaven, takes George (James Stewart) on a journey through life, showing him how things would have turned out without him. George finds out that he had a lot more influence for good than he ever thought possible. The American Film Institute list it among the 100 best American films ever, and number one on their list of the most inspirational American films of all time.
The film strikes a cord with most because we to would like our lives to count. What we sometimes fail to realize is that every life counts, and that often times, even through seemingly unimportant decisions, words, and actions we can yield power for good, and be a blessing to others. Jesus spoke of His disciples as the "light of the world", and the "salt of the earth" (Matthew 5:13-16). The Father sent the Son that we might have a wonderful life. His grace, peace, joy, love, forgiveness, and hope can all be ours through the gift of His precious Son. On one occasion Jesus said, "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" (John 10:10). In the movie, Clarence is the angel sent from heaven above, to help George see the truth about how important his life is. In truth God sent His only beloved Son so that we might see how important our lives really are.
Jesus Christ gave His life for us, was buried and raised from the dead on the third day. Through His life many rejoice in hope. Even those who had a hand in His crucifixion were called to the life that is in God (Acts 2:22-41). May the sending of Jesus Christ the Savior, in your case, not be in vain. In Him there truly is a wonderful life.
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