Thursday, January 17, 2008

God in the Dock, Fern-seeds & Elephants, The Weight of Glory

I've been reading a book of excerpts & selections from the writings of c.s. lewis, and it has prompted me to buy three books of his that i've never read, or even heard of, really. i am drawn to his incredible intelligence and thoughtfulness, and awed by his ability to communicate the deeper things in an accessible way. i admire his refusal to soften the blow, hedge the truth, or tiptoe around for the sake of the reader's sensibility. and he is just plain engaging. here is my quote of the day for you... an important one!

"it is important to realize that there is some really fatal flaw in you: something which gives the others just that same feeling of despair which their flaws give you. and it is almost certainly something you don't know about."

eep!

those of you whom i've spoken to at all in the last 12 - 18 months know that i am on a personal journey of trying to learn how to really Love....what it looks like to really live following Jesus and let all the religious "add-ons" fall away. this quote addresses the hardest part of living Love - loving people who hurt you, make you crazy, make you feel small and insignificant... somehow, somewhere, i am doing that to someone else. and i would like mercy for that, so i need to learn how to offer mercy. lewis says elsewhere, act loving and you will begin to feel loving. that "love" doesn't mean "affection" but rather finding yourself being "for" the other person. so i am thinking about that today - that i make some people feel despair. God help me, i want to learn how to live so it won't be so...

3 comments:

Annie said...

I love this post. Love well :0)

mamie said...

Rae,
I think God told me to read your blog today. I'm not normally a blog reader, but i tuned in today, just in time to hear the very words I need. Thanks!

Sarah said...

This is great. In the future, consider a disclaimer that provocation of deep thoughts may interfere with the operation of heavy machinery or listening to the mentally ill....