One of my favourite things about the festive season is the old movies that come on the T.V, especially the Christmas ones. The other day I sat down and watched, probably my favourite of them all; 'It's a wonderful life' with Jimmy Stewart. The story of a man called George who spends his life putting others before himself and sacrificing his own dreams and ambitions in order to help his family, friends and neighbours. Towards the end of the film, disaster strikes and it looks as though our hero is going to lose everything when his business faces bankruptcy. In desperation he contemplates suicide and wishes he had never been born. At this point he has an angelic encounter and realises that life is more than possessions and money in the bank. True riches is having friends and loved ones, and it is those same friends and loved ones who come to his aid when he needs it most.
Life is not about accumulating wealth and possessions, it is about touching peoples lives and leaving the world a better place than you found it. Putting other people first goes against the world's ethos, but it is at the heart of the gospel message. 'For God so loved the world that He gave.' God is a giver and God's people are, by their new nature, givers. This Christmas don't worry about how much stuff you accumulate, instead look at how many lives you can touch in a positive way. One man's gift is another man's miracle.