Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012
in Reviews, Spiritual, Values
It’s a Wonderful Life is a wonderful movie, and author Bob Welch has illuminated fifty-two teachable moments from the film.
They are generally good, some quite insightful. Others needed an edit.
Here are the 52 with a couple of quotes from two of my favorite chapters.
Lesson 1: God Honors Our “Childlike Faith”
Lesson 2: Underdogs Matter
Lesson 3: Sometimes You Just Gotta Dance
Lesson 4: You Matter to the World.
Lesson 5: Self-Pity Skews Our Vision
“Perspective changes our attitude. Changing our attitude breathes hope into us. And that’s the real gift that God’s messenger, Clarence, gives to George.
Hope. Like sunshine, it only breaks through to us when we remove the clouds of self-pity.”
Lesson 6: Life’s Greatest Adventures Are About People, Not Places or Things
Lesson 7: You Can’t Run Away from Your Problems
Lesson 8: It’s Wise to Seek Counsel.
Lesson 9: Stop to Count Your Blessings
Lesson 10: There’s No Impact Without Contact
Lesson 11: When Criticized, Consider the Source
Lesson 12: Find Your Own Bedford Falls, Wherever You Live
Lesson 13: Trying to Keep Up with the Joneses Is Futile
Lesson 14: Perspective Changes Everything
Lesson 15: Prayer Changes Things
Lesson 16: Revel in the Accomplishments of Others
Lesson 17: Don’t Wait to Tell Someone You Care
Lesson 18: Every Journey Has a Secret Destination
Lesson 19: Don’t Look for What Is, but for What May Be
Lesson 20: It’s in Helping Others That We Help Ourselves
Lesson 21: Life Is Not a Bed of Roses
Lesson 22: It Takes a Village to Raise a Child
Lesson 23: Quiet Lives Can Speak the Loudest
Lesson 24: No Man Is an Island
Lesson 25: God’s Greatest Gift Is Life
Lesson 26: The Greatest Gift You Can Give Is Grace
Lesson 27: There’s Much to Be Said for Long-Term Commitments
Lesson 28: Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Lesson 29: Look for the Best in People
Lesson 30: Vengeance Is Not Ours, Saith the Lord
Lesson 31: Nobody Is Perfect . . . Which Brings Us to Grace
The material world of old man Potter works another way. It says, If your net worth is this much, you have arrived. If you use this product, you will be popular. If you live in this neighborhood, you are somebody. If you win this award, your worth is validated. The material world demands that you do something to earn favor, often something underhanded, as in the case of Potter.
God doesn’t work this way. His grace is a gift. There’s nothing we can do to make God love us more. There’s nothing we can do—or have done—to make God love us less. And when we accept this—not just nonchalantly agree that it’s true but hide it in our very hearts—it fills us with the same kind of wonder that fills George as he races home in the snow late on that Christmas Eve. Full of joy, he realizes he had once been lost but now is found.
Lesson 32: The Essence of Life Is Relationships
Lesson 33: What Triggers True Change Is True Humility
Lesson 34: Fame Doesn’t Equal Success, Nor Obscurity Failure
Lesson 35: Bitterness Backfires on the One Who’s Bitter
Lesson 36: Living Simply Helps Us Appreciate What’s Most Significant
Lesson 37: High Ideals Are an Honorable Pursuit
Lesson 38: Lost Dreams Can Be Found Opportunities
Lesson 39: All That Glitters Is Not Gold
Lesson 40: People Respond to Honorable Examples
Lesson 41: Helping Others Requires Sacrifice
Lesson 42: Look for Friends Who Bring Out the Best in You
Lesson 43: Desperation Can Be a Catalyst for Great Things
Lesson 44: Miracles Happen
Lesson 45: Age Is Insignificant; How You Live Is Not
Lesson 46: The Richest People in Town Might Have Little Money
Lesson 47: The World Needs More Sentimental Hogwash
Lesson 48: Pay Attention to the Task at Hand
Lesson 49: People Can Change
Lesson 50: Entering a Child’s World Expands Your World
Lesson 51: It Takes Time for Some Flowers to Bloom
Lesson 52: Life Revisions Strengthen the Script
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