10 Life Reminders from “It’s a Wonderful Life”


Cheryl and I saw “It’s a Wonderful Life” again this year. That isn’t unusual. It was probably about the thirtieth time or so. We love the movie. It may be considered my “favorite”…if I ever had to declare one.

This time we got to see it on the big screen. One of our local, historic theaters, shared the film for Christmas. There was something even more wonderful about “It’s a Wonderful Life” in that setting. I took time to reflect on the moment. I was reminded how many life lessons this movie provides.

Here are 10 life lessons from “It’s a Wonderful Life”:

It’s not just about us.

When we hurt, we hurt others.

We can’t hide our pain from people we love.

We need community. (Even better, a community of prayer.)

There is power in cooperation.

We seldom know the impact we have on others.

Character speaks louder than cash.

“All you can take with you is that which you have given away”. (Peter Bailey)

No man is a failure who has friends”. (Clarence)

Our life matters. Your life matters. (“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” – Clarence.)

What did I miss?

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11 thoughts on “10 Life Reminders from “It’s a Wonderful Life”

  1. It is better to interpret the text or rules with the filter of the golden rule, love and compassion (George’s Dad with his customers) than to be a strict adherent with no open mind (Potter).

  2. When the Baily Building and Loan was about to go under, George (or should I say his wife) took the money they were going to use for their honeymoon and paid people off with it. If we wait until things get better before we move, we'll never get anywhere! Don't be afraid to take chances.
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  3. We also learn that every single person on earth matters. Even the Potters of the world. Perhaps God gives us difficult people as contrast so we can most easily see the good in the world. It’s a wonderful movie with so many lessons, I watch it every year.