It’s A Wonderful Life!
As long as I can remember the Frank Capra’s 1946 movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” with James Stewart playing George Bailey airs every year. For the past several years I have not seen it. This year I want to see “It’s A Wonderful Life”. It is such a testament of our significance in a world that may deem you as insignificant.
Our smallness does not equate to our insignificance, but our smallness is our significance. Jesus’ birth is indicative of this as well. In celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ it also echoes of the same proclamation of the smallness of our significance.
So many want the notoriety of fame and fortune and feel that if only people knew who they were they would be considered to be important. All too often, they live below their level of potential because they are looking to be “big” in a world where they envisioned their smallness.
You can’t help wonder why God did not allow His son to enter this world with much fanfare. Yet, He was born in a barn wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger. How small can you get than that? Because the world labeled Him insignificant they refused Him and His parents’ occupancy.
So many stand at that door desperately wanting an invitation to come in and yet feel that the door is never opened to them. You can get caught up in a perceived insignificance or you can do as Jesus’ parents did and use what you got. It may appear as though they settled for a stable where they only had a manger to lay their baby’s head.
No doubt, Mary, who had an intimate encounter with the Lord, wondered why the struggle was so intense if she had birthed the Messiah. She had been chosen it appeared above all women for such an honor, yet it appeared as though her life had little meaning. She was a mere teenager who had already undergone intense ridicule and scorn, yet she found herself being turned away yet again.
Even Joseph may have had his own reservations because he had agreed to remain with Mary, although he knew the child was not his. It appeared as though that one act of obedience after another only caused increased persecution, shame and rejection. He may have pondered, “When is it all going to end?”
Each of these people, including George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life”, appeared to have no significance and much struggle. George Bailey was provided a glimpse into how critical his life mattered by a guardian Angel named Clarence. Even his guardian angel was questionable. Yet, in the movie it was revealed to him how much his life counted had he not been born.
Have you ever thought about how much your life matters? After my mother made her transition to be with her Heavenly Father I found a notebook where she had written I want my life to count. When I read those words I was overwhelmed with emotion about how much her life did count.
There are times when each of us feels that if only we were bigger we could make such an impact in the world. If only we could have been born into a family that had more money, nothing would have stopped us from making a difference. If only I had two parents, I would be able to function better and I know that would have made it possible for me to fulfill my purpose.
I can go on and on because the list is endless. I want you to know that your smallness does not equate to your insignificance, your smallness is your significance. It is the extraordinary of ordinary that makes the difference.
Each of us has been provided an allotted amount of time to make a difference in this world. Our experiences, families, talents, gifts, etc., is what provides us the canvass. God is the only one who can reveal to you your significance in a world that bellows out your insignificance.
George Bailey came to that realization when he was given an opportunity to see all the lives he touched. Interestingly enough, he touched the lives of people he never met because of the lives of those who came into his sphere of influence. It is no different with my mother. Every person I come in contact with is a testament that my mother is still making a difference.
We all know that Jesus, even to this day continues to touch each of our lives. Because of one perceived insignificant birth more than 2000 years ago, each of us have significance. Have you met Him? If not, you definitely want to meet Him. In doing so, He puts the extraordinary in your ordinary and teaches you to celebrate the significance of your insignificance.
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Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord’s power been revealed? He grew up in his presence like a young tree, like a root out of dry ground. He had no form or majesty that would make us look at him. He had nothing in his appearance that would make us desire him. He was despised and rejected by people. He was a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering. He was despised like one from whom people turn their faces, and we didn’t consider him to be worth anything. He certainly has taken upon himself our suffering and carried our sorrows, but we thought that God had wounded him, beat him, and punished him. He was wounded for our rebellious acts. He was crushed for our sins. He was punished so that we could have peace, and we received healing from his wounds. Isaiah 53:1-5 (GW)
And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. Isaiah 32:2 (KJV)
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7 (KJV)
The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid! I have good news for you, a message that will fill everyone with joy. Today your Savior, Christ the Lord, was born in David’s city. This is how you will recognize him: You will find an infant wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12 (GW)
And whoever makes himself high will be made low, and whoever makes himself low will be made high. Matt 23:12 (BBE)
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. Matt 20:16 (KJV)
Nathanael said to Philip, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip told him, “Come and see!” John 1:46 (GW)
Father, Bless me not to equate smallness to being insignificant, but help me to realize that my smallness is my significance and to celebrate the ordinary because this is where I am most extraordinary. As I celebrate Jesus’ birth, bless me to see the inherent significance in my life in touching others’ lives as they find the significance in their lives in transcending the same significance to others. In doing so, each of us can celebrate our significance of insignificance in Christ Jesus Amen.
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