This Christmas we started a new tradition–watching the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. A classic.
I cried throughout. Despite the positive title, it revolves around situations, people, and events that keep George Bailey from the life he’s always dreamed of. And to top it off, a seemingly impossible crisis finds George a very desperate man.
Many people have been there, or will be some day. What makes life worth living? And how can we follow our dreams?
Here are two key factors: God and being intentional.
I believe God makes life worth living because he gives me unconditional love, forgiveness, true freedom, purpose, and a hope for the future. And in turn, I can share those with others. Do we really have those things without God?
We can’t always plan how our lives are going to go. Look at George Bailey: Nothing seemed to be turning out the way he wished, but he was a happy man in the end. At the same time, the dreams we have for our lives won’t happen unless we are intentional with how we live. For example, say you want to be a famous painter, but you spend every spare minute watching TV. A few years later, those hours watching TV haven’t brought you a single step closer to being that famous painter. (You might be able to tell I’ve been reading Quitter, by Jon Acuff)
What’s your plan for New Year’s Day….or your life?