Friday, March 07, 2008

Coming in Out of the Wind

The real problem of the Christian life comes where people do not usually look for it. It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back, in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.

We can only do it for moments at first. But from those moments the new sort of life will be spreading through our system: because now we are letting Him work at the right part of us. It is the difference between paint which is merely laid on the surface, and a dye or stain which soaks right through. He never talked vague, idealistic gas. When He said, 'Be perfect,' He meant it. He meant that we must go in for the full treatment. It is hard; but the sort of compromise we are all hankering after is harder - in fact, it is impossible. It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

~C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, (1952)

5 Comment(s):

At Fri Mar 07, 11:27:00 AM EST, Blogger Martin LaBar said...

Ah, listening to that other voice. . .

 
At Mon Apr 28, 08:05:00 PM EDT, Blogger Carolyn said...

Thanks for this. The first book of his that I read was MERE CHRISTIANITY. This reminds me of why it is one of my two favourite books of all time, besides the BIBLE, of course.

 
At Mon Mar 16, 09:43:00 AM EDT, Blogger Saucer said...

I want to be an egg no more. But in this world, is it possible to break through? Am I not more likely to end up as a poached egg?

 
At Fri May 29, 07:26:00 AM EDT, OpenID raerae20xc said...

Thank you for sharing this passage! I heard it a few years ago but I didn't know where it was from. It gave me hope that Lewis understood how it was to wake up and immediately begin to think about the day, and to know that there is a way to get past busyness and worry. I hope you have found the passage to be beneficial to you in your everyday life. May God bless you and keep you! Thank you again!

 
At Fri May 29, 07:36:00 AM EDT, OpenID raerae20xc said...

Thank you for sharing this passage! It inspires me to let go of worries and hopes each day because they're not worth thinking about and the most important thing to focus on is God and His kingdom. I hope this passage has been beneficial to you and those you love every day, in encouraging you and challenging you and helping you understand how to live for God. May God bless you and keep you all the days of your life. Thank you again!

 

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