Millions of people around the world are familiar with the well-known classic, A Christmas Carol. We are familiar with the main character of Ebenezer Scrooge. In fact, the very name "scrooge" has been immortalized in the English language as being someone who is greedy and selfish to the degree that they refuse to give to anyone unless it is to their benefit. Unfortunately, unlike the "real" Scrooge, they rarely see this in themselves.
Scrooge was well aware of his selfish, miserly spirit. Sadness and sorrow had struck him while he was still a child. We might say that he had good-reason to be the way he was but instead of letting those experiences rule him, they could have transformed him into someone who desired to prevent those things from happening to someone else.
Then, he is confronted with three spirits. The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. This had such an impact on Scrooge that he was determined to turn his life around and begin to love and serve his fellow man. Overjoyed that he has been given an opportunity to change things for the better, he calls to a boy in the street and instructs him to buy an immense turkey to be sent to the family of his clerk, Bob Crachit. He seeks out a man who had approached him in regards to donating to charity the day before and gives him an enormous sum of money. He reconciles his relationship with his nephew, the only living member of his family and the next day, he gives Bob Crachit a raise and is set on doing other things to help Bob's family.
At this point, the story often ends. Charitable giving soars at Christmas time. While the holiday season can bring strain on relationships, at the same time, people are often more consciously "nice" to one another. However, once the holidays are over, we pack up the spirit of giving and goodwill and store them with our Christmas decorations... until next year.
The author writes:
Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did NOT die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world.
In short, he did not only keep Christmas for a day, he kept it in his heart and it spilled out upon everyone around him. As Christ-Followers, we should be doing the same. The "Spirit of Christmas" is the love of God. Does that prevail in our hearts throughout the year or is it just there during the Christmas season?
One of my wife Belindas favorite classics. It would be great if all were better than their word. Thanks for sharing this. God Bless.
Good blog with a message to keep in mind this time of year. I really enjoyed Bill Murray's scrooge. I forget the name of the movie, tho. ("Scrooged" ,maybe) - bibleguy64