It’s a Wonderful Life
I distinctly remember the first time I saw It’s a Wonderful Life. This is because I somehow missed seeing it growing up until I was a young teen babysitting. It was in the summer, the kids had gone to bed, and I was perusing the family’s VCR collection (Remember those? I mean, we still have a VHS player that we use because we go with the motto: use it until it breaks, then shake it vigorously, slap it once or twice, and keep using it). Anyway, I saw It’s a Wonderful Life on the family’s shelf and popped it in. I loved that film! Such a beautiful story.
As an adult, there are lines in the movie that I didn’t notice a couple of decades ago. In one scene, George Bailey is rampaging around the house because his world has fallen apart. He has to get a large sum of money together, or he is going to prison. His children are all over the house playing the piano, running around, shouting to get his attention, and he is coming unglued. He says to his wife in exasperation, “You call this a happy family? Why do we have all these kids?” As terrible as it sounds, this makes me want to laugh hysterically.
I find this exquisitely humorous because as a parent there have been moments when I have had those same emotions. Raising kids is a lot of work that can be loud, dirty, and exhausting. It is also the most exhilarating and fulfilling task on the planet.
Whether we have kids at home or not, sometimes our greatest blessings are disguised as nuisances. Children are one of the greatest blessings of all, but each of us have a myriad of blessings if we will open our eyes to see them. The stress of daily living can obscure our ability to recognize them.
The holidays are full of ups and downs for most of us. Are we able to tune into the wonderfulness of our lives in the midst of the chaos or will we focus on the stress of the moment? God has good things for us today. He wants to stir up the hope and joy within us.