“There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say, Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round - apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that - as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!”
Fred Holywell (to Ebenezer Scrooge)
Good afternoon, friends! I hope your journey to Christmas is a blessed on so far. I know there is abundant stress to go around, but reject any gifts of stress if you can. We’re back to “A Christmas Carol” this week.
Happiness is a dream of almost every person I know. Sure, I’ve ministered to a person or two who were so mired in misery that they seemed opposed to happiness, but even in them I’ve seen the dream of happiness. The question is, how deep is the dream buried in you?
In today’s quote we see the polar opposites of the happiness dream. On one side is Scrooge, who has passed on every opportunity for happiness in pursuit of profit. In particular he spurned Belle, the love of his youth. Scrooge put his bet on business, going all in to find happiness and joy in profit. In our quote Fred subversively calls Scrooge out, drawing the line between them. Scrooge it seems will not invest in anything that does not profit in tangible earnings.
Fred, on the other hand, clearly finds happiness in a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant life. Though it may not put a scrap of gold or silver in his pocket, what profit is there in Fred’s chosen pursuit of happiness? Love, I would say. Good for you, Fred. You figured out a happy life long before Scrooge, and better for you for trying to teach him.
Have you figured out the key to a happy life? Believe it or not, everything you need to be as happy as you could ever imagine is right there in your hands, right now. Project kindness, be forgiving, be charitable, be pleasant. None of these really cost you anything (and don’t tell me helping others breaks your bank..), but they profit you everything in love and happiness. What matters every day is the investment you choose to make. Will it be in self or profits, or will it be in others? You can neither buy, earn nor rent lasting happiness, but in giving you will receive more happiness than you have room to store. And it will be the answer to your deepest dream!
I hope you are finding happiness these days, but don’t look outside yourself. Look in, and have a wonderful week!