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.