How to Grow Three Sizes

Every Who
Down in Who-ville
Liked Christmas a lot…

But the Grinch,
Who lived just North of Who-ville,
Did NOT! 

heart

The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be that his head wasn’t screwed on quite right.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.
(from How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess)

What makes for a small heart?

  • Resentment
  • Suspicion
  • Selfishness
  • Ingratitude
  • Discontent
  • Fear
  • Isolation

As the story continues, the Grinch has a transformation after a rather complicated scheme to mess up the lives of those in Who-ville who enjoyed life and Christmas. 

The Grinch thought Christmas came from a store but when the gifts were gone, it didn’t take long before the people of Who-ville were once again singing their songs and celebrating what they had left, not what they had lost.

It wasn’t long before it dawned on the Grinch that Christmas was much deeper than what could be bought from a store. As the truth of their Christmas celebration sunk in, a strange thing started happening to his heart… 

And what happened then…?
Well…in Who-ville they say
That the Grinch’s small heart
Grew three sizes that day!
And the minute his heart didn’t feel quite so tight,
He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light
And he brought back the toys! And the food for the feast!
And he… 

…HE HIMSELF…!
The Grinch carved the roast beast!

An ancient proverb puts the heart at the center of life.  If we don’t guard our hearts and keep them growing, our lives will shrivel up and we will end up like the Grinch in a state of misery.

Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life
(Proverbs 4:23).

What keeps your heart on the grow?

  • Resentment  – forgiveness to those who have hurt you.
  • Suspicion – a belief in others and their potential.
  • Selfishness – generosity and a willingness to focus on others.
  • Ingratitude – gratitude for every gift regardless of the size.
  • Discontent – contentment for what you have right now.
  • Fear – a faith to believe God has your best interest at heart.
  • Isolation – the willingness to step out of your comfort zone and befriend others.

And if your heart continues to grow…

  • You will not only have life within yourself but something to give away from the overflow of your own expanding heart.

 May the true meaning of Christmas – the coming of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world – be the focus of your celebration and the concentration of your worship.

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About Cam Taylor

I'm help people live inspired, focused and tenacious lives. I work as a coach, facilitator, author, and speaker.
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10 Responses to How to Grow Three Sizes

  1. This is a brilliant blog! What a beautiful tie-in with Dr. Seuss and the powerful message of faith. Congratulations Cam! You and your family will be on our hearts and minds this Christmas.

    • Cam Taylor says:

      Thanks Ross. May your Christmas season be filled making good memories & enjoying those you love. I’m sure you’ll miss not having Jason & his family around but so glad Chad is making it home for a visit. Blessings to you all! Cam

  2. Bob Koenig says:

    Merry Christmas Cam and family!

    Great post Cam

    Bob Koenig

    Andrew Coaching L.L.C. 337.344.1245 Cell 337.896.0948 Office

    Sent from my iPad

  3. Cheryll Schwartz says:

    Thank you Cam, I love this story…its so true… Be where you are, and love what you have!!!

    Merry Christmas to you and Vick, we will see you tonight as we celebrate our Savior came down…

  4. ideameus says:

    Perfect advice. Merry Christmas Cam!

  5. Shirlene Henning. says:

    Oh, how I love that nasty Crinch!! I have to watch it every year. His change of heart, is a great message, as you shared in your blog. Love it!! “Create in me a clean Heart oh God,and renew a “right” Spirit, within me.

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  7. Colleen Helfrich says:

    Looking forward to following you in 2013, enjoy hearing how your recovery is coming along, as well as your encouraging messages. You are a true inspiration to all of us. All the best to you and Vicky in 2013.

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