In the Christmas classic, It’s A Wonderful Life, George Bailey found out what made his life wonderful: the relationships he had. The same is true for us. In a time where we far too often focus on "things," it is important we take the time to appreciate those special people in our lives:
Spouse and Children: George had Mary and the kids. If you have a Godly wife (or husband) and children to share life with, it’s a wonderful life! (Prov. 15:22; Psa. 127:3)
Family: George had Pa and Ma Bailey, Harry, and Uncle Billy. If you have or had parents, siblings, and extended family who loved you and helped you grow, it’s a wonderful life! (Eph. 6:2; Prov. 17:17; Psa. 103:17)
Close Friends: George had Bert, Ernie, Sam and others. If you have friends who have stood by you through thick and thin, it’s a wonderful life! (I Sam. 18:1-3)
Teachers: George had Clarence. At first, it seemed he did not understand him. As time passed, George understood he was teaching him the greatest lesson. If you have those who loved you enough to train and teach you, it’s a wonderful life! (II Tim. 2:2)
Neighbors: George had Bedford Falls. He thought he did not matter to them. He was wrong. all of us have a community of people we mean more to than we realize. That makes ours a wonderful life! (Prov. 27:17)
You may not have them all, but all of us have at least a couple of these categories in our lives. As George learned, no one who has friends is a failure (Phil. 1:3-8). Hug them close, tell them you love them, and thank God for relationships that make life wonderful!