Seize life! Eat bread with gusto, Drink wine with a robust heart. Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure! Dress festively every morning. Don't skimp on colors and scarves. Relish life with the spouse you love each and every day of your precarious life. Each day is God's gift. It's all you get in exchange for the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one! Ecclesiastes 9:7-9 (MSG)
The other night was the annual network broadcast of "It's a Wonderful Life". As my wife and I prepared for bed, I watched the classic ending in which George Bailey finally gets it through his thick head just how good he has it. He realizes what an impact his own life has on the world around him. Screaming and laughing through the snowstorm down Bedford Falls' main street, George finally appreciates the simple wonders of daily life that are, too often, lost upon us.
The end of the film never gets old for me. I'd be lying if I told you that I could get through the film's final minutes without getting a little "misty." I find myself in George Bailey's shoes all too often. The daily blessings that crowd my life are often lost amidst some momentary pressure that tyrannically occupies my heart and mind. Like George Bailey hanging over the railing of a bridge contemplating the decision to jump; Like Solomon sitting in his palace wondering what it all means, I find that my mind is so focused in the wrong places that I need regular doses of reminders like the verses I picked out today.
Now, if I can just find something festive to wear.