The Three Ghosts of Christmas

Behold, the joy of the holidays – giving and receiving, is upon us! It was just a week before Christmas that Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol in the year 1843. The many books this author wrote reveals his deep Christian faith and the principles of a moral life. His most infamous character, Scrooge, is the story of a heart transformed, or should we say re-born? It’s no wonder Dickens called this work-of-art his “ghostly little book,” for Christ reflects all over the pages.

If we analyze the character of Scrooge, like ours, we see the light and darkness of life, salvation, and a second chance of God’s blessings. Three spirits visited him: The Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Let’s begin with the first spirit…

Our Ghost of Christmas Past

The Ghost of Christmas Past reflects on Scrooge’s younger years. Similar to us, there is happiness, sorrows, and perhaps even regrets. We struggle to find the true meaning of life. Where do we fit in, and what is our purpose? We work so hard to achieve comfort, security, and the American dream. However, we avoid suffering and challenges to preserve our dignity and self-worth. Soon, it becomes clear those ghosts will eventually reappear to haunt us later in life. Just as Scrooge learned, bad decisions leave us fearful, confused, shaken, and empty, and we carry them into the rest of our years.

Our Ghost of Christmas Present

Scrooge is now absorbed by the worries and burdens of wealth. Consumed in running his business and providing for his own needs, he cared little about others. His happiness equated to money and possessions, but ironically, he is the most unhappy character. Our Ghost of Christmas Present opens the door to glimpse how quickly we alienate friends and family with self-centered actions of greed. The lack of helping others in need placed Scrooge in the category of being a miserly, old man. How would others see us too?

Many characters in The Christmas Carol opened their hearts to Scrooge. His nephew, Fred, encouraged him to be a part of his life and home, even at Christmas. Scrooge grumbled, “Bah humbug.” His employee, Bob Cratchit, wanted him to participate in fundraising for charity. Still Scrooge quickly snubbed such a crazy idea. Cratchit tried to make him see that joy should come from our treasures – family, friends, life, and love – not material goods.

The characteristic of imprisoning ourselves with possessions, if we don’t share with our neighbors, is synonymous with a lack of love and compassion for others. Jesus warns us in the Bible we can’t take earthly things with us when we pass from this world. So what’s the point of it all?

I have a revelation to ponder… what if God only gave us our blessings to give to others who really need them? What if they were not meant for your exclusive pleasure?

The joy of Christmas should reflect a smile of happiness when someone receives a gift of love, yes? I know many say that presents are not what the reason for the season is about, am I right? Jesus was our gift from God. He walked the earth to teach us how to live graciously, godly, and always to serve others. What better time than the season of giving, to follow in His footsteps?

Scrooge realizes his selfishness and sins, and a change soon comes.

Our Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

Scrooge’s “conversion” points to finding his salvation based on redemption and charity. He walked the streets with a smile, greeted everyone, helped beggars, and glowed the love of God. Though many were apprehensive of his attitude change, they discovered some significant event, indeed, altered his life. Isn’t this how everyone, one day, falls into God’s grace? We realize this life is more comfortable in a relationship with our Savior. When we break our own mortality, our hearts soften for others.

Christ gave Scrooge a second chance to make it right, and He does this for us too! Our life should be a journey of service to the Lord.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

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May everyone be blessed with a beautiful Christmas! Give and receive with a gracious heart to your family, workplace, and community. It is the three ghosts commandment – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!


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What is money meant for?

I have looked at money
And I have done so
For a long time;
I have discovered
That money has power;
Human beings love money;
Or to put it better,
Human beings adore money;
And so they do everything
To get it;
By everything, I mean
Everything humanly possible;
Nothing is left out;
Once you go for money,
And start to accumulate it,
It is hard to stop doing so;
Money is, by all standards,
A good commodity;
Theres no doubt about that;
Many are using it for good,
And that is in the world;
But it is also dangerous;
If it can destroy;
It can also cause damage;
Too great and hard to describe;
Therefore, if you say
Money is a double edged sword,
You will not be far
From the truth;
In good hands
It can do invaluable good;
In bad hands
It can do untold harm;
We must pray for money;
Not for money accumulation
But that it may go
Only to people
Who will use it for good;
And not for evil
In the world.
Use money for good;
To make the world better;
Not worse.
That is what it is meant for.

Know your priority (Be inspired today 257 by Ngobesing Suh Romanus)

We run after money;
We run after success;
We run after power;
And care less about
What can give them
To us;
A very wrong approach;
Love and peace are key;
Love God with all your heart;
Love your neighbour;
Live in peace with God
And your neighbour.
All that you desire,
Be it money, power, success,
Will come.
Know your priority,
And go for it.
The rest will fall in place.

Quotes (Money)

“Have you ever understood why for many people money is so hard to get? To my understanding, those who have a lot of money or are in positions of power have deliberately made it difficult for money to get into the hands of every person. They want to keep on enjoying a monopoly of the wealth of the world. They set the rules governing wealth to favour them.
However, it is hard to kill the talent of some people. Hard as it may be, there are still many poor people who work their way to the top of the financial ladder.” (Romilia Quotes)

If I were money

If I were money
I would relax my rules;
I would not be too hard,
I would make myself available
To all;
I wouldn't discriminate;
Why should I prefer some people
To others?
I see people who
Work very hard,
Pray a lot,
Are very holy,
Are very kind,
And do a lot to be rich,
But money snobs them;
Money avoids them completely;
T think that is not fair;
I will not do that;
I will go to
Those who fight for me
Not through foul means,
But fair means;
If I were money,
And had a choice,
I would refuse to be used
For evil;
To buy guns and kill people;
Or to build walls
And keep some people out.
Instead, I would make life enjoyable for everybody;
In fact, I really wish I were money;
I would do so many things;
What about you?
What would you do if you were money?
Share!

If you want to be rich (Solidarity BloGgerS ForUM No 36 by Ngobesing Suh Romanus)

If you are interested in becoming rich, let me refer you to a post, I found on manifesting riches that stroke a chord in me. It is titled Manifesting Money: this could be why it’s not working for you. The author, Louis Keller, very beautifully introduces us to the book Becoming Rich by Genevieve Davis who has a completely different approach to how to become rich. I couldn’t agree more with the points Keller advances in her post. It’s a post worth reading if you are interested in becoming rich.

Her blog is titled From surviving to thriving. You will find many articles on this site that can help you on your journey to riches.

SIWO Business Project Day 2

Today, we continue our business project. Do you recall where we were lastly? We were on SIWO Business Project Day 1. We are now on day 2. You are welcome!
Let us get an expert to tell us how to start a drop shipping business.
I hope you enjoy this post and that we are making progress together towards starting our own drop shipping business. It really sounds appetizing.
Until our next stop, cheers!