Sunday, January 15, 2012

First job each morning

Good quote by CS Lewis

The First Job Each Morning

"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."

This is for Spiritual Sundays--for some reason Mr. Linky would not let me link my devotional blog where I originally posted this--so I re-posted it here!   My Devotional blog is here:
actually it linked both now! SORRY!
This quote by Lewis is one I need to think on!

linking to spiritual sundays here:


Charlotte said...

I'm sure you've seen your link by now. It's #45. I'm sorry you had a problem linking.
This is interesting. I like the egg example. This makes me think of the saying "Life is hard by the yard but a cinch by the inch.

Charlotte said...

The numbering can be confusing. It used to go down the first column and then up to the second. Now it numbers across. Others have been confused by this too.