In the 1966 Christmas classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the narrator blames the Grinch’s attitude on an abnormally small heart. As the citizens of Who-ville began to sing carols in preparation of Christmas, the Grinch started to devise a plan to steal their joy. From a spiritual perspective, the Grinch represents Satan, seeking to steal, kill and destroy any glimpse of the real meaning of Christmas. Yet, as his plan was interrupted by Little Cindy Lou Who, God used this child to penetrate the Grinch’s soul. In one instant, when the meaning of Christmas was revealed, the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes that day.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows], John 10:10.
The medical term for an enlarged heart is cardiomegaly. This isn’t a disease, but rather a sign of another condition. For example, during pregnancy, some mothers develop an enlarged heart. This condition is usually temporary because of stress on your body. Cardiomegaly can also be brought on by the weakening of the heart muscle, coronary artery disease or heart valve problems. After three visits to a local cardiologist, I have been diagnosed with an enlarged heart. My doctor wasn’t concerned, rather he wants me to come back in a year to monitor this condition. Nonetheless, I do have something in common with the Grinch, an enlarged heart.
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh, Ezekiel 36:26.
Throughout the Bible, there is an emphasis on pursuing a new heart. The context of this reference is usually within a prayer. King David asked God for a new heart after committing adultery and murder. The prophet Jeremiah reveals how hearts can become deceitful, longing for fleshly desires instead of obeying God’s commands. King Solomon refers to the heart as the well spring to life. As I complete my 2500th blog, my prayer is that the Lord will create in me a new heart, full of forgiveness, love and mercy. When individuals begin to demonstrate enlarged hearts seasoned with God’s grace, this world will become a better place to live.
by Jay Mankus