When I was growing up, Christmas movies were shown once during the season. Frosty the Snowman, Santa Clause is Coming to Town, Rudolph,  A Christmas Carol, White Christmas……… Whenever a Christmas movie was on TV my brothers, sisters and I would plan ahead and make sure we were at home. It was a big deal because we only had one time a year to see the movies. That’s defiantly not the case today. All you have to do is google your favorite movie or check out Netflix, or Hulu and you can watch any movie any time of the year.

Most stories have a similar story line: there’s good vs. evil, a simple woman falling in love with rich prince charming, a bad man turns good, etc.

pic.d72Consider the classic Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carol.  It was written in 1843 and we’re still reading it and watching it today.

  • Ebenezer Scrooge was an old mean, stingy, bitter, grouchy, old man when the ghosts of Christmas past, Christmas present and Christmas future took him on a ride for his life.After pleading with the ghost, Scrooge finds himself in a churchyard with the spirit pointing to a grave. Scrooge looks at the headstone and is shocked to read his own name. He desperately implores the spirit to alter his fate, promising to renounce his insensitive, greedy ways and to honor Christmas with all his heart. Whoosh! He suddenly finds himself safely tucked back in his bed.

Overwhelmed with joy by the chance to redeem himself, Scrooge rushes out onto the street hoping to share his newfound Christmas spirit.

Ebenezer Scrooge met a ghost that warned him of his fate and it forever changed his life.

We’re all writing a story – living it out day after day. Sometimes it would do us good to take a ride with the ghost of Christmas past, present or future. We, like scrooge, get stuck, comfortable, complacent, and maybe even grumpy. Sometimes it’s because we’re in survival mode – doing all we can to just make it.

There’s a story tucked in 1 Kings 17 verses 8-15 (take a minute and read it if you’re not familiar with it).  It’s a story about a woman who was merely surviving.  The Bible calls her the widow at Zarephath (we don’t even know her name).

  • There was something in this woman that God and God alone knew. He chose her out of all the women in the land. God chose her to show the power of obedience; God chose her to show His power and His faithfulness.
  • Her obedience paved the way for her blessing.  Her obedience was a part of the answer to the problem.  There is power in obedience.
  • Her story is being told thousands of years later and affecting lives to this day.

So what about your story? People are listening to your story.  What is it saying?

We, like Ebenezer Scrooge, need to take a look at what the end of our life may look like.  I wonder if we were whisked away to our tombstone or we could see in the future, what would be written about us.

What do you want your life to look like? What do you want to be said of you? What mark do you want to leave this world?

Instead of asking, “What can I get FOR myself?” let’s ask “What can I give FROM myself?”

From where I’m at right now, what can I give my world?

There are opportunities everywhere to tell everyone our story!

Hugs & Happy story telling!!