By Bob Welch
Do you pay a trip to Bedford Falls each Christmas? Does December consider incomplete with out a reminder that “no guy is a failure who has friends”? If George and Mary Bailey are annual visitors at your place in the course of the vacations, you recognize that It’s an excellent Life is much greater than only a festive seasonal movie. It’s a mirrored image of what we will be while we’re at our greatest and a reminder that our lives can swap each person round us—for larger or worse. Revisit the defining classes in Frank Capra’s 1946 vintage, and notice new dimensions of the movie you’ve noticeable many times. What are you able to research from Mary’s quiet contentedness? Does George’s selflessness make you reconsider your individual priorities? and the way approximately Clarence’s dogged dedication to his task? subscribe to writer Bob Welch for a close-up of the characters and topics that form this pretty tale. You’ll be reminded that life’s most crucial paintings is usually the paintings we by no means deliberate to do and that God can use the most...
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That’s my business. ” It’s a subtly powerful scene: basically, one broke person giving another broke person a loan that we all know isn’t a loan at all. It’s an out-and-out gift. In Potter’s world, he who dies with the most money and power wins; his commodity is power, and power equals virtue. But in the Baileys’ world, he who has something—anything—should share with those who don’t. In the world’s eyes—or at least old man Potter’s—what matters is what you can get. In the Baileys’, what matters is what you can give away.
He forgives people. He, ultimately, gave His Son as a sacrifice for them. And yet how often do we live our lives as if what really matters is that research job in Buffalo? Or travel? Or adventure? Not that there’s anything wrong with going places and doing things, with jobs and careers, with adventure. But to build our lives on such things is to place weight on that which cannot sustain us. How sad, it’s been said, when we fall in love with things that cannot love us back. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal,” said Jesus in Matthew 6:19.
Salt! That life may always have flavor . . —MARY, AT THE DEDICATION OF THE MARTINIS’ NEW HOUSE IN BAILEY PARK And wine! That joy and prosperity may reign forever. —GEORGE, ADDING TO MARY’S BLESSING ON THE MARTINIS’ HOUSE IT’S JUNE 1934. THOUGH THE COUNTRY IS STILL DEEP IN the Depression, George and Mary’s intervention has saved Bedford Falls from the clutches of Potter. And, as if symbolic that a new day is dawning, the Martini family—Giuseppe, Marie, and four young children—are moving into their new home in Bailey Park, though you have to wonder if the new neighbors will be thrilled to see the Martinis’ accompanying goats, rabbits, and turkey.
52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life by Bob Welch