“Save your pennies. Make your fortune and keep it.” These were the last words spoken to Ebenezer Scrooge by his father before going to prison and they echoed in his thoughts until he was old.
“Let us love ‘till we die and God bless us every one.” Ebenezer’s mother tried her best to comfort and provide hope but she died not long after–so did her positive influence.
Love lived in his heart for a while. He wrote sentimental letters to his sister, courted a beautiful, sweet young lady, Emily, who wanted nothing from him except his love. He even proposed, but his heart grew cold and love of money surpassed his love for Emily.
Ebenezer began working late into the night, leaving little time for her. He wanted to delay getting married until he’d saved up enough money to feel secure. One day Emily gave him back the ring. ”I can’t bear watching you work yourself to an early death.” Rather than running after her, Ebenezer just continued working. Day by day, His sadness smoldered into bitterness and the loving words of his mother drifted away.
The Bible says, “God is love.” Every time I watch Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, I’m reminded of the importance of placing God (love) above everything else. It’s easy to be entranced by the clutches of money. Advertisements bombard us with the message that having enough money will buy security. Money is truly the master of our society. With the current state of the economy, most of us realize that not only does money not bring security, it can disappear very quickly.
I make a daily effort to serve God. When I’m serving Him with my whole heart, His love will overpower any fleeting desires for lesser things. He makes sure my basic needs are met.
What are you working for — God or cold cash? Either God provides for your needs and security or money does. Remember, you cannot have two masters.
Kelli Kossel is a licensed Acupuncturist and, as part of her practice, counsels people about nutrition, stress management, and other lifestyle behaviors related to health promotion and prevention of disease. She has a passion for writing Christian philosophy, Christian living, devotions, poetry, and health related topics. Kelli is known for taking difficult biblical principles and teaching readers how to apply them to their everyday lives. She shares her heart in both her work and writing.
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