Mr. Potter and George Bailey
Last night had me watching an old favorite movie... "It's A Wonderful Life". I suppose most of you have seen it, if not you should find a way.
It's the life story of George Bailey. A small town guy with big dreams to see the world. Not unlike many of us I'm sure, George has his plans sidetracked time after time by circumstances beyond his control. It's also a story of how good seems to counter bad.
George was given an unusual "gift" of seeing what would happen if he had never been born. His old town of Bedford Falls became Pottersville, named after the ruthless businessman Mr. Potter in the story. The nice quiet place George had known before his gift was given was transformed into a town filled with every sort of vice.
The story ends Christmas eve with George finally realizing that the most important things in life are worth far more than is describable. Family, friends, and strangers stepped forward to help George out of his problems just in the nick of time.
The movie is one of the best Christmas shows ever.
What happened over the years to change Christmas into the mega shopping, gotta have the latest and greatest, biggest and the best, keep up with the Jones, gift-a-thon it has become? Seriously... how does buying that fancy doo-dad or expensive widgit add anything to Christmas?
If you want to give something this Christmas, why not make it the gift of your time. Head on down to the nursing home and visit with some folks that probably seldom get visitors. Adopt a family... help someone that needs it for Christmas this year.
What would Jesus do? It is His birthday celebration after all.