“It’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.” -Tony Robbins
In the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey, a man who lives in the small town of Bedford Falls, wishes that he never existed. He’s encountered a series of bad incidents, and the pressures and consequences of these incidents are too big for him to handle. So he wishes he was never born.
Then he meets Clarence, an angel sent from Heaven, and Clarence gives George his wish. George now lives in a world in which he never existed. He has a chance to see how others live their lives without his influence.
At some point, we all wonder about our purpose on this planet. Why are we here? What influence do we have on the people around us?
Writer Caryll Houselander wrote, “Sometimes it may seem to us that there is no purpose to our lives, that going day after day for years to this office or that school or factory is nothing else but waste and weariness. But it may be that God has sent us there because but for us, Christ would not be there. That alone makes it worthwhile.”
Often, many of us underestimate our influence on the world. We don’t think we add value. We don’t have any gifts to share. We don’t realize the impact we have on the people we encounter.
Just as George Bailey soon discovered in the movie, our influence travels far and wide in each of our lives. Kind words lead to acts of love. Acts of love lead to compassion and caring. Compassion and caring leads to change in the world.
“Your love for one another,” writes Houselander, “will be stronger, deeper, and more enduring when it is rooted in the One who is the source of all love.”
If we open our eyes and realize that what we do and what we say can make an impact in our world, then we begin to understand that we are truly living a wonderful life.
Dan Herda is an editor of theROCK