It’s a Wonderful Life, a 1946 Christmas tale produced and directed by Frank Capra tells the story of George Bailey (James Stewart) and his guardian angel Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers) trying to earn his wings. George is contemplating suicide on Christmas Eve because his life is not going according to plan. His guardian angel steps in and through flashbacks shows him all the lives he touched in his community, Bedford Falls.
We typically think of angels as messengers sent to us by God. Those angelic messengers are both good and evil. If you were assigned a guardian angel and had the chance to review your life would you be happy with yourself?
Life is a wonderful thing. We are all angels, and we have all been assigned a guardian angel at some point and time. Your angel maybe a parent, your best friend or that stranger on the subway that brought a smile to your face. Your angel could have been someone who helped you through the difficult as well as the good times in your life. Your angel cries when you cry, and is always there for you no matter what. Your angel will tell you the truth about yourself and not just what you want to hear.
We can be so consumed with our own personal lives; we tend to tune others out. There are times when the one you love the most is hurting and you may not recognize it. We should be available to listen and not so quick to offer advice. Sometimes when people reach out they are not automatically looking for what you think or what you would do, they simply need a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen to what they have to share.
Our angels may not have the power to flash our lives in front of us, or remind us that no matter what challenges we face every day, we must not let it get us down. Our angels are here to help guide us through those difficult times and remind us that with every action there is a consequence.
We are all qualified to be angels. If we learn to reach out to help those in need and not be judgmental of their circumstances, we can possibly earn our wings when the bells ring. In spite of all the dilemmas George Bailey experienced, he realized he had a wonderful life because of the contributions he offered to others.
As the movie comes to an end, George finds a gift from Clarence, a note that reads “Dear George, remember no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings, Love, Clarence.” A bell on the Christmas tree rings and George’s daughter reminds him that every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.
When your life flashes before you and the bells ring will you have earned your wings?