We all need at times to see a great light - especially when we find ourselves in darkness - the darkness of doom and gloom, the darkness of despondency and despair.
At the moment there are many people in this country who feel that they are without hope. Many feel burdened with financial and other problems and we must remember them in our prayers. However, it is important that we do not lose hope, despite the troubles that may face you in your daily lives.
2010 has been a difficult year for many of you, and as it draws to a close we can hopefully look forward with optimism to a brighter 2011, with the much hoped for economic upturn, and the possibility of new employment for those who have joined the unemployment lines in the past year.
As the holiday season approaches our thoughts also turn to family and friends at home in America and elsewhere in the World. We will, of course, also remember our loved ones who are no longer with us, when we come together at family gatherings to celebrate Christmas.
Christmas is a time for celebration, but this year it is a more somber occasion for many. Some of those things which could once have been taken for granted suddenly seem less certain, and naturally give rise to feelings of insecurity.
The families of soldiers now serving overseas carry an extra burden of worry while they are away, In such times as these, we can all learn some lessons from the past. We might begin to see things in a new perspective, and certainly we begin to ask ourselves where it is that we can find lasting happiness.
We live in very challenging times and are confronted by so many things that can easily get in the way of our Christian journeys. We all experience something similar at this time of year. We receive and we send cards. It is a lovely time to be greeting one another.
Christmas is a time for reflection and a time to appreciate the sacrifices made by others on our behalf. Each year it seems amazing how quickly time flies and already Christmas is upon us. What an exciting time!
As a Christian, I say hope and optimism are part of our lives. You can only be successful and achieve your goals if you believe in them. There is a movie however that my family and I watch every year at this time - It's a Wonderful Life. The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man whose imminent suicide on Chirstmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and the contributions he has made to his community.
Each year as I watch it, my heart is truly touched as I reflect upon the difference George Bailey made on the lives of so many. The movie shows the difference in a small town had George Bailey never been born.
What difference are we making day-by-day and year-by-year in the lives of others? Are we concentrating on the right things? Are we making a positive difference in the things we do and the decisions we make?
This Christmas, let's all make a difference. Reach out to someone in need, look for opportunities to help others and use our time and resources well.
Last but not least, for all who celebrate Christmas, remember the real meaning and keep Christ in Christmas.
I wish all of you and all those whom you love, a blessed Christmas - a Christmas rich in the knowledge of God's love for you and rich in the peace of God's care for you.
Jerry R.Mitchell is the President & CEO of Jerry R. Mitchell and Associates, Inc. He is an entrepreneur with a passion for helping companies grow. He's worked in the Fortune 500 world and been part of twelve companies eight of which either went public or were sold/merged with larger companies. Jerry is also Chairman of Modularis Inc. and is President & Founder of The Midwest Entrepreneurs Forum.