The World Without You

You've been given a great gift, George. A chance to see what the world would be like without you. Clarence, from "It's a Wonderful Life"

One of my favorite movies of all time is "It's a Wonderful Life". It's about a man about to commit suicide because he thinks that the world would be better off without him. So an angel is sent to show him what the world would have been like if he had never been born... and the world was a much worse place for his having never existed.

How about you? Would the world be worse off had you not been here? A lot of people would be quick to think like George - believing that their influence doesn't amount to much... but it really does. Every act of kindness that you perform, every thoughtful word you give to a discouraged soul, every helpful act you do, has a rippling effect. Like a stone cast into a pond that creates ripples far from its point of entry, your influence carries much farther than you could possibly imagine.

So, if you've been thinking that the world would be better off without you - think again! God created us for a purpose, a very great purpose, and we must not depreciate that fact. If you haven't been living up to that potential for greatness, then wake up and start doing something now! The fact is that every act that is motivated from love has the potential to change lives. It is a wonderful life, when you think about it, and it is high time that we started living it for the purpose that God put us here for. He is watching and considering our deeds, you must know, and He will help us every step of the way.

But, in order to experience this wonderful life, we must start. The past is gone. Today is a fresh beginning with endless possibilities. May we all take full advantage of these blessings. It can start with a small kindness, or a thoughtful word of encouragement, or a helping hand to someone who needs it, or...

From the heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from His dwelling place He watches all who live on earth - He who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. Psalms 33:13-15, NIV