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Friday, July 2, 2010

Made for Another World



"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death..." ~ C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)

"It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased." ~ C.S. Lewis (Weight of Glory and Other Addresses)

"Give me all of you!!! I don’t want so much of your time, so much of your talents and money, and so much of your work. I want YOU!!! ALL OF YOU!! I have not come to torment or frustrate the natural man or woman, but to KILL IT! No half measures will do. I don’t want to only prune a branch here and a branch there; rather I want the whole tree out! Hand it over to me, the whole outfit, all of your desires, all of your wants and wishes and dreams. Turn them ALL over to me, give yourself to me and I will make of you a new self---in my image. Give me yourself and in exchange I will give you Myself. My will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart." ~ C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)

"All that we call human history--money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery--[is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy." ~ C.S. Lewis

5 comments:

Threebusybs said...

Heidi,

Thanks for sharing these.

Aimee

Jessica said...

I love these- going to copy them into my "quotes" folder (which I do very often from your blog- you share the greatest quotes! thanks!)

Beth said...

I needed these reminders today. Thanks for the encouragement. I'm sore and tired and spent after a long week of church camp with our teens. It's not in vain. My perspective is again vertical after reading your blog. thanks, Heidi. (loved the Twilight book review, btw)

Leslie said...

These are some of my favorite c.s. lewis quotes! I just got this from a friend and am loving it as a daily devotional - " A year with c.s. Lewis" Your twilight review is just brilliant, too :)

Heidi said...

Leslie~ I'm on my second read-through of A Year With C.S. Lewis. LOVE IT!!