“You’re a rotter, Mr. Grinch! You’re the king of sinful sots!”

By Steve Austin | faith

Dec 22

He was a mistake from the very beginning.
Brought about by a wrong wind…

A mistake, but he didn’t start out bad.

He started out innocent, but different.

Nobody starts out evil.

He was just like all the other Whos in Whoville…he just looked a little different.

An eight-year-old with a beard.

An outcast.

Nobody liked him. They couldn’t handle his differences.

So he lived up to their expectations…

…they expected him to be a freak.

A weirdo.

A loser.

You nauseate me, Mr. GrinchWith a nauseous super-nausYou’re a crooked jerky jockey, and you drive a crooked hoss,Mr. Gri-inch! Your soul is an appalling dump-heapOverflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of rubbish imaginable, mangled up in tangled up knots!

Remember in the Jim Carrey version, when he comes to school with a bag over his head?

How many people do we pass on the street, or sit next to at work or school who wish they could walk around with a bag over their head?

How many folks do you and I come in contact with on a daily basis, who wish they could go on a Grinch-like rampage, run away, and live in a cave in Mt. Crumpit?

Who do you know that just lives up to the terrible expectations that people have placed on them for years? People who have never given them a second glance…

…or a second chance?

What if we were all like little Cindy, who was determined to bring the Grinch into the Whobilation?

What if our anthem was like Cindy’s, “nobody should be alone on Christmas”?

Nobody should be alone…ever.

Cindy wouldn’t give up on the Grinch, and when he finally realized the true Spirit of Christmas…

And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of *ten* Grinches, plus two!

And the Narrator closes the classic Christmas movie with this quote:

Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near.Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp.Christmas Day will always be just as long as we have we.Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart, and hand in hand.





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About the Author

Steve Austin is an author, speaker, and life coach who is passionate about helping overwhelmed people learn to catch their breath. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, "Catching Your Breath," and "From Pastor to a Psych Ward." Steve lives with his wife and two children in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • gigi says:

    Makes me think of our challenge to have child-like faith.

  • Mike Lehr says:

    Great post Steve! Love this: “Who do you know that just lives up to the terrible expectations that people have placed on them for years? People who have never given them a second glance…or a second chance?” Way to weave it into a two-for-one…never beyond + labels lie.

  • This is a fantastic post about the Grinch! He was a victim of his circumstances, much like the rest of us. It’s what we choose to do when the opportunity to change comes along. Thank you for sharing this!

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