Monday, December 18, 2006

"Bah Humbug!"

This weekend, Steph and I went to see the play, "A Christmas Carol." The classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his life. The play was incredible. The actor playing the part of Scrooge really got into the role and you felt like you were back in his time listening to his heart felt apologies and efforts to make good of his life. Scrooge, actually got to look at his life, past present and future, from the outside, not through his own eyes.

We also watched the Christmas movie, "It's a Wonderful Life." George Bailey got to see what his life would be like if he were not in it. What result the lives of others would have if he had not been there to make a difference.

It got me to thinking..... what would it be like to look at our own lives that way? What would we think of the lives that we are living and the choices that we have made? How do the choices that we make in life affect other people, even those people that we have never met?

What would it be like to look through the eyes of others and live their lives that we have seen from the outside?

Imagine being the pilot over Hiroshima. You have just dropped the first nuclear weapon in the history of mankind and in a few seconds, have killed thousands of men, women and children for the sake of peace.

Imagine being Lisa Beamer. Your husband Todd has just told you that terrorists have taken control of his plane and that he and others were going to take it back. The last words you hear from him are the family cry "Lets Roll"...

Imagine being George Bush. You have the security and welfare of an entire nation to take care of while every night on television you see people with signs and chanting against you.

Imagine being Joseph. You have just found out that your wife to be, a virgin, is with child and you know it is not yours. A crime punishable by death in that day, but very common in our own. Imagine the day the child arrives and it is the son of God and you are his earthly father.

What would the world be like if I were not in it...if I had never been born?

That is a tough question. Sure I could say the obvious, "my wife would have married someone else," but would someone else have rescued Maggie from the kennel? My brother would still have gotten married and had 2 kids but would he have had the memories that we share as brothers? Would he have learned to cheat in Rummy? My mom and dad would never had to have dealt with me and my divorce, my diabetic problems, me getting hit by a car one year and going through a windshield the next, but would they have seen another child graduate high school?

Without me, would they have ever met Steph and her family?
Without me, would White's Mountain, Champion Sports Events, and ATRservice have web sites?

Some of these things are HUGE while others are simple and materialistic, but we dont have the luxury of seeing our lives from the outside looking in. We only know what goes on in our immediate surroundings. I know not everyone is going to like me, and there are those people that I could do without in my own life. Life isnt easy but it is all a part of God's plan.

Because of sin in the world, we are not perfect. We are not going to make everyone happy all the time and everyone isn't going to make us happy all the time. It is an imperfect world full of imperfect people.

What we can do is strive to be more Christ like in our every day lives. That would be the best impact we could have on this world. It is the best choice we could make to make the biggest impact on others around us. Something small, just like this simple little blog of mine, could affect many others that I will never meet or know how I have impacted their lives.

I may not ever see the impact that I have made, but...

one day...

when I am standing there walking in the Gates...

I'll know.

Dear God,

Thank you for this time of year. Thank you for the "Reason for the Season." The season where You sent Christ, for us. Thank you for knowing that we can make an impact on others. That You sent us all here for a reason. Help us to see that the choices that we make and the help we can give to others all year long, not just at Christmas, can impact a world. Help us to make the right choices and to seek You first in all of them.

Merry Christmas
Keith