Do you wonder if you make a difference?

"You've been shown a wonderful thing. You've been shown what the world would be like if you had never been born!" These are words from the popular film shown over and over again on television during the holiday season, It's a Wonderful Life. The lead character discovers in dramatic fashion the many ways he has affected the lives of others. Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol also inspires people to examine the way they live—whether they've loved and helped others, or if they've just existed encrusted in selfishness.

Both stories make it clear for the fictional characters to see what is right to do and how to live productively and be loving to others. But how can we be sure we're living the way we should? How can we tell if we're really making a difference?

No matter what, God is always there for you
December 11, 1995

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