What is “The Good Life?”
I suppose if you asked 100 different people you would get 100 different answers. However, probably all of the answers would involve personal happiness, things, and wealth.
What does your answer include? Luxury cars, a life of leisure, lots of money, a beautiful home, or well-behaved children?
Maybe you look at famous people and think, “Wow, they sure have the good life!”
But . . . do they?
A closer look at their lives, behind the cameras or away from the microphones, often tells a story of drugs, alcohol and misery!
When I think of defining “The Good Life” my mind goes to one of my favorite movies . . .
It’s A Wonderful Life. In it, George Baily thought that his good life would include traveling to foreign countries, far away from his hometown of Bedford Falls. In his mind, he couldn’t possibly find happiness, stuck in this little town working in his father’s building and loan. But every time he thought he could finally escape his present life, something would come up and he would find himself giving up his dreams to help someone else. It wasn’t until an angel named Clarence showed George that, in spite of still remaining in Bedford Falls all his life, George had really had a wonderful life. He had a life of service to his neighbors and even several times literally saving the other person’s life!
Without knowing it, George was the prime example of today’s verses. Clarence helped George transform his mind from what he wished for to what really could give him happiness. All his life he had given up his own good for the good of others. Clarence also encouraged George to not grow weary of doing good!
In contrast Mr. Potter, who to the world should have had a good life because of all the money and power he had, was actually living a miserable, unhappy, LONELY life!
George had invested in the lives of others, while Mr. Potter invested only in himself.
If Jesus, not “Clarence”, came to visit you, what would you be able to show Him about your life? Could He take you back to events where you sacrificed your own welfare for the welfare of others? Times you visited shut-ins, helped a hurting child, went out of your way to make someone’s day? Maybe you had to miss a party or a get-together because someone needed you? Or would He find you so wrapped up in accumulating wealth or power for yourself? Would He find that you might be rich in monetary wealth, but poor in friendships and true happiness?
Where are your life “investments?” Are they in things that can rust and be stolen or in the lives of others? The first leads to “The Miserable Life”. While the second leads to not only “The Good Life” but “The Wonderful Life”.