We all can be George Bailey
posted at 12:31 pm on December 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
Salena Zito reminds us that the true message of Christmas isn’t how many presents we get under the tree – nor how many we give, for that matter. Just as George Bailey lent his neighbors a real helping hand in It’s a Wonderful Life, we all can find ways to do the same — every day:
Today is as good a day as any to think about how you conduct your own life.
The next time someone cuts you off in traffic, instead of responding with an angry gesture, just smile and wave.
If you spend time posting your views on Facebook or Twitter, ignore the impulse to snark away.
Or, the next time you‘re out at lunch or dinner, skip the appetizer or dessert so you can treat a needy stranger instead.
It doesn‘t take much to realize that every one of us has a little George Bailey from the classic Christmas film “It‘s a Wonderful Life” inside. We all can make a difference and, when we do it with a smile and without expecting an avalanche of attention, we‘re better people and a better society for having done so.
For Christians, the Advent season celebrates the fact that God humbled Himself by sending His only begotten Son — not to lord over us, as He certainly could have, but to patiently and kindly teach us to love one another in a sacrificial manner, and to die the most horrible of deaths at that time to pay for all of our sins once and for all. While we can enjoy the secular celebration of Christmas at the same time, the true miracle of Advent is within our power every day.
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