Every year during the Christmas season, you can usually find some version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol being played at some point on television, and it is usually played several times.  There are several good movie versions of this story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly old businessman from 19th century England, who has set up his life so that he has very little human attachment and lives only to make more money which he never spends because he’s such a miser.  The story is very engaging with the three spirits of Christmas visiting him to show him how empty and meaningless his life is.  And the moment he changes at the end is triumphant and uplifting as he becomes a more outgoing and generous man.  I always enjoy watching the various versions of this story, and even the various versions which modernize the tale, such as Bill Murray’s comedic version, Scrooged.  The Dickens story is a great morality tale which has stood the passage of time and continues to teach us long after the end of the original author’s life.

Perhaps the reason we enjoy the story so much is that it always rings true.  We have all probably met someone at one time or another who is much like Scrooge, not having or wanting any human attachment.  Moreover, this type of person is becoming more and more prevalent in our modern society.  Far too many people live out a version of this character’s life.  I remember hearing recently somewhere on television an interview of someone in which they were asked what makes a good neighbor.  The answer given was quite telling and sad.  They said, “A good neighbor is someone who leaves you alone and doesn’t bother you.”  It’s sad to say, but there is probably a good segment of our society that subscribes to this philosophy in a fulfillment of Scrooge’s character.  Far too many people live in such a way as to hardly know their neighbors right next door, not even knowing their names, and never interacting with them, and hoping upon hope that they never have to. 

This is not how God made us to be.  He wants His children interacting.  This is the only way that we can live out the greatest commandments to love God and to love our fellow human being on behalf of God.  Moreover, this is the only way that we can develop to our fullest in the right character that God wants us to have.  God has generously spread His wisdom and the multitude of various possible talents that people can have.  This is so that we all have something valuable to offer those around us.  So as we encounter various people in life, we should always come away a little different, in whatever small or large way, with some small piece of that person now becoming a part of us.  We are already infinitely unique and valuable to God and the world around us.  But the various collection of experiences we have, especially from our encounters with other people is also infinitely unique, just as our boundless creative Creator wants it to be. Knowing this, we should look forward to whatever encounters we have with people in our lives, always keeping our heart open in friendly anticipation for these encounters and being glad that they happened, and always looking for the lesson that we are supposed to learn by our encounters with these various people.

I pray that each of you remembers how unique and valuable you are to this world and to God and that you find enjoyment in meeting the various people that you encounter in your daily life.  I also pray that you will come to know all the people that are around you in your life, at home and at work. 


I wish you all good luck for your coming blogs and posts.

04/21/2016 4:08am

You raised a good point dear. We should be thinking on all events about our neighbors. We should be consider them and realizing their situations and problems. If we can do something after that they can feel free then we should do that.


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 


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