THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS (2011)
Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” (NLT)
The film begins with absentee worker-bee mom Trish who is too consumed by her own work to spend time with her family or notice how much it has fallen apart. Barely able to make time to take her daughters trick or treating, she stumbles on a neighborhood decorating for Christmas. This bothers her, because it doesn’t fit her particular needs until she is assigned a blog to read. Thus, the story begins about the Locke family whose two year old son, Dax, fighting leukemia at St. Jude’s Hospital.
Mind you, there’s nothing wrong with saving for the future. In fact, I encourage it. The trick is not to let it interfere with your day to day life. Once you put off your anniversary dinner for a conference call, you know your priorities are mixed up. The blog forced her to see the world through the eyes of a grieving mother whose life revolved around her son to his last day. A story like that forced her to regard her family in a way she hadn’t in years.
“I now look at what my life used to be like and realize how blind I was to what really matters,” states Julie Locke, the mother of Dax Locke, in her blog.
Because in the end, what really matter are friends and family. I have a four month old niece in Vegas that I still have not met. It breaks my heart, but that’s the truth. It’s very difficult to make plans between my tight budget and work schedule. This film has taught me not to wait for the right opportunity. That chance may never come. I need to work harder to make it happen.
It is easy to lose sight of the important things in life, especially in this economy. These days when you get any job, you hold onto it for dear life. We can’t let our lives revolve around some future that may never happen.
If there’s one thing you need to learn from this The Heart of Christmas, it is this:
“CHERISH EVERY MOMENT.”