Did you wake up this morning transformed? Were you visited by spirits who opened your eyes to the stark reality of where you fall short, and how you can change to make a real difference this Christmas?
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens was published 170 years ago, and has stood the test of time as a lesson that it is never too late to change, and never too late to start embracing the true spirit of Christmas.
While the lead character's name is generally associated with being greedy and selfish, Ebenezer Scrooge actually changed on Christmas morning for the better. Having been visited by the spirits of past, present and future, Scrooge enthusiastically embraced his last chance to become generous, kind and compassionate.
Because he changed, being a Scrooge isn't such a bad thing. But being like his former business partner Jacob Marley is to be avoided and should be avoidable for all of us if we start today. The decisions we make and the actions we take, whether selfish or generous, honest or dishonest, spiritual or sinful, caring or hateful, either forge your chains or transform your life.
Jacob Marley's appearance was a warning to Scrooge. Let it be a warning to each of us as well. Transform your life.