Monday, December 16, 2013

Get Some Perspective

 Happy Monday everyone! Last week was a crazy week. Full of the magic of Disneyland, Christmas shopping, Christmas parties, Christmas baking, a women’s study, even a baby shower, present wrapping and of course those necessary elements in life… working, cleaning, cooking, laundry. Why can’t life just stand a little more still this month so I can do the proper thing – sit by the dim light of the fire and Christmas tree listening to “O Holy Night” and reflecting on the wonder of our savior. 

But alas, time marches on relentlessly. Only eight more days to go. 

I determined that Cory and I would dedicate our evenings this week to do just that, in addition to watching a few of the Christmas movies that we have not gotten to yet. We always seem to put off “It’s a Wonderful Life” to the last few days. This is due to the fact that the older one is, the harder and more real that story becomes. We just sit there, cuddled on the couch, and cry together. But you have to do that. It makes you all the more grateful for the blessings you have, the one who is holding your tight, and the grace of our Lord.

There are some things in life that may seem silly or frivolous, but they should be seen as a discipline. If you are one of those who have not watched this movie in a long time, do it this season.  Thankfulness and happiness will well up inside of you. And then when Harry lifts his glass to toast his brother, “the richest man in town” you may just burst out crying like I do. 

There are many ways of being rich, and financially is the least of these. I am rich in so many other ways that I wouldn’t trade for all the money in the world. Seeing George Bailey’s journey and feeling his pain is a great reminder of your own personal wealth. It’s a matter of looking past the small house, the mediocre car, last year’s style of shoes, and realizing that what you have is worth far more than any of those things. 

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