If you’ve never had the opportunity to read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, I want to encourage you to do so this Christmas season. We’ve all seen this story in one form or another on TV (my favorite version features the Muppets), but there are corners of the heart books seems to touch that films simply cannot.
Here are my five favorite quotes from the book:
That last part really hits me in the gut. It’s both sad and encouraging. We’re all “fellow-passengers to the grave,” so why show favoritism toward one person over another?
One of the things I’ve been really learning from the Bible lately is that it is better to be content with what you have than to constantly want something else. I mean, if you’re happy with what you have, why spend so much time and energy struggling after something you don’t need, something that won’t bring you satisfaction?
This one’s all about personal accountability. We can choose what we want our lives to be, and what our lives consist of in this life will ultimately impact what our lives are like in the next. We’re either building chains for ourselves, or breaking them through the power of Christ. Which are you doing?
I love this thought! As long as we have breath in our lungs, it’s not too late to change. It’s not too late to become a better parent. It’s not too late to change how we treat our spouses. It’s not too late to put your faith in Jesus. It’s not too late, and though you may have built up many chains for yourself, if you change course and turn to Christ you can leave all of those chains behind, forever!
This is an attitude I aspire to have. Who cares if people laugh at you for doing good? Who cares if people mock you for turning down a better path? Do what is right, what is best, and let men chatter while you live at peace.