Jim Carrey brought The Grinch to life in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Since it’s release in 2000, it quickly became one of my favorite Christmas movies.
Do you remember this scene?
“‘Maybe Christmas’, he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.’
And what happened then, well, in Whoville they say,
That the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day”
Dr. Seuss’ literary genius is on full display.
After stealing all of the presents and decorations in hopes to wreck Christmas and keep it from coming, the Grinch hears the sound of the Who’s singing down in Whoville. He ‘puzzled ‘til his puzzler was sore’ and realized that there was more to Christmas than meets the eye.
Have you wondered the same?
I learned something similar this year from someone I work with and I wanted to share the story because it embodies the true spirit of Christmas better than anything I have seen in quite some time.
A Small Decision to Give
One of the awesome ladies that I have the pleasure of working with – whom we’ll call Stacey – made a decision back in September to take $5 out of each paycheck until Christmas.
The hope was that $20 would go to help a family in need through the S.H.A.R.E Organization; a local non-profit here in Eastern North Carolina focusing on the concept of “paying it forward” to those in need.
You can visit their Facebook page here
You know the funny thing about generosity?
A couple of the other ladies in the office were encouraged by this action, so they decided to join in. Pretty soon, there were 5 others on board.
As December rolled around, Stacey came to me and said that they had raised $100!
Stacey was so excited and wanted to share it with the other agents in the office, to see if they would collectively match the gift.
I told her to tell her story because it’s power would be encouraging.
Nothing speaks greater to the condition of one’s soul than their willingness to give.
It has nothing to do with dollar amounts or even dollars, but simply the concept to consider others and how you might invest in them.
Remember what I said earlier?
Generosity is contagious!
When Stacey told her story a few of the agents stepped up and matched the gift!
Her simple decision to save $5 turned into a Christmas gift of $500! I am blessed to work with an amazing group of people…
As the Grinch realized so maybe should we,
When one is generous, it becomes two, then three…
So this Christmas, let us think, of those far and near
Who could use our generous gift, the gift Christmas Cheer!
Do you have any stories of generosity?