I love it when works of fiction reflect Scriptural truths.
The Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol has a powerful message about the human heart. Ebeneezer Scrooge, with a bit of nudging, undergoes a transformation from cantankerous miser into a wiser, more generous old man, loved by his family and community. Dr. Seuss took this idea and shaped it into his own story, How the Grinch stole Christmas, where the Grinch turned from his greed and found a place in Whoville.
I know we’re well past the holiday season now, but some themes are applicable all the time. Both Scrooge and Grinch learned that being in relationship was so much better than being alone. They started to experience the joys of caring and being cared about. And they got to that point by realizing what really brings the most meaning to life – not grabbing and clutching onto what they had, but being willing to release it.
“The fellow that has no money is poor. The fellow that has nothing but money is poorer still.”
“A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”