There is a famous Christmas movie about a guy named George Bailey. George Bailey dreams of leaving the small town he grew up in and exploring the world. George never fulfills his dream because the circumstances at his family business wont allow it.
At one point, the family business gets into financial trouble. George panics and feels trapped. He has sacrificed a lot for the Building and Loan and, all of the sudden, it looks like it might be lost too.
At the depths of disappointment, George meets an angel. The angel shows George what his small town would have been like if he had never existed. George realizes how meaningful his life is. The change in perspective gives George a new outlook on life. He appreciates all that he has been blessed with and recognizes how wonderful his life is.
We all can learn from George Bailey. The disappointments and challenges that come our way discourage us too. We forget what God is doing through us with co-workers, children, spouses, and on, and on. We need a messenger of God to give us a perspective check and remind us of all that we have to be thankful for.
The Apostle Paul gives us that kind of perspective check. Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica, telling them to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” In other words, look for the good in every circumstance and thank God for it.
As you enjoy this holiday season, be on the lookout for all the amazing ways God is using and blessing your life. Pay attention to your children and how they bless you. Remember neat things that God has done through you in your work place. Look for, take note, and thank God for the good things that are going on in your life. As you do, you will realize that God is indeed at work in your wonderful life.