Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | December 26, 2019

Creating A Wonderful Life

“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (ESV)

Some of you may agree with me when I say that “It’s a Wonderful Life” is not only the best Christmas movie out there, it’s also the best movie ever. We’re inspired by George Bailey’s constant selflessness and perseverance despite obstacles. We adore the love he and Mary have for each other. And of course, we’re brought to tears when George’s slightly dimwitted guardian angel shows him what life would look like if he was never born. And by unveiling the voids of his life unlived, Clarence (the angel-sans-wings) reveals the astonishing impact George has made on the lives of others—and how their respective lives then made additional impact.

For me, it’s not just the joyous Christmas Eve conclusion that gets me every time…I am repeatedly convicted about the way I live my own life all year long. See, like George, we each have daily opportunities to touch the lives of other people and make a difference. Sometimes, we receive immediate “feedback” as to the effect—a grateful smile for a simple kindness (perhaps amid the Christmas shopping chaos) or the knowledge of practical needs met (like with an Angel Tree contribution).

But more often than not, like George Bailey, we don’t recognize the incredible impact that our actions—small and large—make in life. In fact, the effects may not be revealed to us until we’re standing in the Lord’s presence. But know this: Every word and deed do have a ripple effect.

And sisters, it’s not just the good stuff.

So, during this Christmas season—and all year long—let your light shine as you bear the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). You’ll be making a powerful, positive impact on those around you…and, with every ripple, to the whole world. Even if you don’t see it.

Plus, as Christians, when we shine, we magnify our Namesake, Jesus Christ, and glorify God. And, ultimately, this brings joy to our own souls in knowing we’ve brought a smile to the Audience of One.

What could be more wonderful than that?

Lord, let me seize the daily opportunities I have to share Your love with others and help create a wonderful life in this world.

For His Glory

Julianne Winkler Smith
TRBC Women’s Life

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