One Life Touches Many

One Life Touches Many

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”  Matthew 25:40 ESV

In the Christmas Classic "It's a Wonderful Life" George Bailey wishes he had never been born. His guardian angel Clarence is sent from Heaven to help George see the importance of his life. Clarence then proceeds to show George what life would be like 'if he had never been born'.

George is experiencing confusion as he journeys through his town as if 'he never existed'. At his wits end, he goes to his Mother's home. His mother shuts the door on him, not knowing who he is. Clarence tells George, "Each man's life touches so many other lives. And when he isn't around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?" This is when George sees the reasons for wanting to live.

In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, our small interactions with family, friends and even strangers can have a lasting impact on their lives. In your life, actions that we may deem small can actually produce tremendous and positive outcomes. Examples: a word of encouragement to someone who is learning a new skill, paying for the person behind you at the Starbucks drive-thru; returning a stray shopping cart from out of the parking lot; even buying a meal for a homeless person standing outside at the entrance of a Sheetz or Wawa.

All of the above are not complex or overly expensive efforts (well maybe Starbucks :)
God has placed us here on Earth in His timing, to help carry out His plan. Like George Bailey, we have an impact on other people's lives. One of the great mysteries of following Christ is that we will not know the impact of these actions until we are in Glory with Him.

Oh gracious Lord, Please help us see opportunities to serve others as we are serving You,
not just in the Christmas Season, but all year long. Amen.

Written by Brian Whitmore

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