I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
(John 10:10 MSG)
In Hallmark’s A Dream of Christmas (yes, I’m already watching Christmas movies and no, it’s never too early to start), Penny, a restless married woman, wishes that she was never married. Her wish is granted by an angel, but Penny wakes up only to discover that she’s not as happy as she thought she would be. She is eventually reunited to her husband after learning to appreciate the life that she had with him. In an interview, Nikki DeLoach, who plays Penny, had the following to say about the movie, “It reminds us that the life that we actually have is worth loving and worth living.”
A Dream of Christmas reminds me of the countless Pennys that I know; people who wish their lives could have been different. The single who wish they were married, the married who wish they were single, the childless who wish they had children and vice versa. I’m thankful that I’ve learned to enjoy my life with all of its ups and downs because I agree with Nikki, ‘the life that we actually have is worth loving and worth living.’ After all, isn’t this why Jesus came, so we can have “real and eternal life, more and better life than [we] ever dreamed of” (John 10:10)? Don’t spend another day wishing that your life was different. Learn to appreciate and embrace the life that you have now before it’s gone.
“You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.”-Unknown