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Is Yours a Wonderful Life?

Today we have internet! We have only had internet about 7 days this month so far (welcome to Nigeria)! I want to take advantage of this opportunity to wish you a Wonderful Christmas season as we think about the tiny baby in the manger and why He came to Earth.
It seems very strange that Christmas is less than a week away. As I sit in my chair, it is sunny and 85 degrees outside. The birds are singing and flowers blooming. Our sheets are drying out on the line (as the dryer has been broken for about a month and is currently being fixed.) Spending most of my life living in Minnesota, this is not the traditional Christmas weather. We have had three Christmas’s here in Gembu, and it is still a very strange feeling, but we do enjoy it! It is so funny how we are such creatures of habit and associate Christmas with snow, Christmas decorations, cookies, and stores!
Speaking of habit, I want to share with you my favorite movie that I must watch every year about this time. It’s a Wonderful Life. This movie was released in 1946, 17 years before I was born, but every year I love the reminder that is all over this movie, the quote that Clarence the angel says to George Bailey swirls around my thoughts, as I plan my next year of life and work. “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”
This thought echoes through my head this time of year. Will the presents you give this year change anyone’s life for the better? Will the tree and decorations be perfect? Will this season be memorable and special for all? When you are not on this Earth anymore will your absence be felt? Will your fingerprints and prayers be felt for generations because of anything you have done, given, or said?
In this stage of my life my goal is for people to see Jesus in all I do, say, and am. Jesus has given me life, a life I would have never dreamed of. Freedom and joy I did not know was possible! A peace and a joy that can only be from Him.
I pray that if I were to see what it would be like if I was never born, I would be surprised at the people who got to see a glimpse of Jesus through me. That I would not be THAT person who treats others poorly as I rush through my life with MY agenda. I pray that all would see Jesus in and through me. This includes first of all our family members who know us best and love us anyway. Sometimes we forget to treat those closest to us as precious. They are! Every moment with loved ones is priceless and should never be taken for granted. EVER!
My point for today is this: Are you spending this Christmas spreading “stuff” or the love that can only come from the Jesus that I serve?

8 Responses to Is Yours a Wonderful Life?

  1. Thank you for this reminder, Tina. And yes, the fingerprints of Jesus are all over your life and the many lives you have touched both in Nigeria and in the US.

    • Thank you, Bonnie, He is so good! The love and care you have shown so many students over the years and the many others you have touched have seen Jesus through you!

  2. So beautifully spoken Tina, are your thoughts and desires and passions for Christ. Thank you my dear friend!!! You have a big heart and would leave a huge hole! I have to admit I get caught up in all the trappings and sparkles of this time of year! I do love it! But it is also my prayer that Jesus is seen and felt in all my doings… Probably more in spite of me then because of me. Merry Christmas from all of us although we don’t have much snow in Minnesota. Still hoping for a big white Christmas!!Love you !!!

    • Love you too, Pam, thanks for your words of encouragement and I know the lives you touch see Jesus in you! Hugs and prayers for a white Christmas for you!

  3. I think that your message points to all of us. We just don’t realize that everyone including myself leaves a mark in others lives. We always look to other people and see the good they do and never look within to see the work we each and everyone does. Just a smile on a cloudy day may make that one change to some ones life and we miss the mark and not realize that it’s a little thing to us but big in another’s life. You and Dan are such great examples and your work shows what a little faith can do. Continue to shine Tina and remember God is good all the time. Merry Christmas my friend and thanks for showing me your wonderful example.

  4. Living for Jesus, Christmas is all about Jesus. I make handmade gifts for all my loved ones and practical.Our legacy will come with us to glory,,those we have influenced with the truth. I love you Tina and I wish fulfillment of God’s promises for all believers. May the knowledge that we have eternal life be a comfort to all as we help those around us. Much love from Canada, Kim and Don.

  5. Dear Tina – Thanks so much for your words of wisdom and your daily example of faith for salvation through Jesus Christ. I was particularly struck by your goal (“In this stage of my life my goal is for people to see Jesus in all I do, say, and am.”) It’s a goal we share. I often fall short, (especially when I think “I’m doing it!) So I’ve added another goal – to always trust God and follow his lead. Merry Christmas to you and Dan. Love- Suzie

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