4 THINGS THE GRINCH TAUGHT ME
I’ve had the idea of sharing what I learned at church with you every Monday for a while now. But, it’s still just an idea because today I want to share with you what I learned from the Grinch. It was released on Friday and I loved it so much I watched it twice over the weekend, and celebrated by having IHOP Grinch Pancakes twice. Yeah, I know…
1. He let the song in and his heart grew
If you’re not familiar with Grinch’s story, he was an orphan who grew up to hate Christmas because of the pain he experienced as a child. His plan is to steal the Who’s Christmas so he doesn’t have to put up with it anymore. But, after the planning, the stealing and almost entirely going through with his plan, he realizes that the Who’s are still singing and happy. This spoke to me on two different levels. One, don’t let the enemy steal your song! If he’s taken the Christmas lights, the wreaths, the gifts and the Christmas cookies, remember that your song is something he can’t take away. In other words, no matter what’s going on in your life, how hard things may get or out of your control they may feel, you’re the only one who can shut out your song, and the only way to do that is by not singing it. Remember that God’s given you a special something to worship Him and speak of His goodness, don’t let any Grinch come and take that away ;) On another note, let the song in! When Grinchy closed his eyes and just listened, his heart grew. Sometimes, you just need to stop what you’re doing, close your eyes, breathe in the crisp cold air and listen…listen to the song God is singing over you. It’s a song of victory, joy, peace and love, of safety, comfort and strength. Let His words fill your heart.
2. “We’re inviting you anyway”
Let me set the scene for you: Cindy Lou Who invites the Grinch over to Christmas dinner. He is shocked by her invitation and answers, “But don’t you know what I did? I stole your Christmas!” To which she responded, “Yeah, I know, but we’re inviting you anyway. You’ve been alone long enough.”
What I learned: God knows what we’ve done and invites us into His house anyway (more on this later). Loneliness is without reason and definitely not for us.
3. The Grinch’s struggle to ring the doorbell
How many times have you built up the courage to make it to the door of what God’s called you to, but get so in your head or caught up in your past that you don’t even ring the doorbell? If you’d ring it, like Grinch did, you’d see that everyone was waiting for you and happy to welcome you, you’d smell the delicious food that was prepared with you in mind, you’d hear the music and feel the warmth of love, family and joy. But not ringing keeps you out in the cold, when all of the good is literally within your reach. Push the doorbell, hear God race down the stairs and open the door with the biggest smile on His face as He hugs you and says, “Welcome home! We’re so happy you’re here!”
4. “Kindness and love, the things we need most”
In his dinner speech, Grinch thanks Cindy Lou for her kindness and ends with the phrase above. I truly believe that kindness can change the world. After all, it was God’s good and loving heart that gave up Jesus to die for our sins and make a way for us to His house. First, receive His love and let God’s kindness transform your life. Then, put it into practice by being kind to others and change lives.
Love you fam!