Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Losing your clothes is not that bad

Currently reading Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring and came across a quote that sums up our fixation with the trivial and minute at the expense of the important and profound:
Clothes are but a little loss when one has been saved from drowning
In other words, Christ's salvation should fortify the Christian to suffer loss and miss out on all those cool/'happening' things of our age (e.g. the latest iPhone, designer clothes, trendy hairstyles, horn-rimmed glasses) because we recognise the costly and beautiful treasure we have in Him (in whom we have all the spiritual blessings in the heavenly places). C.S. Lewis sums it up well
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.
One good way to not be easily pleased is to cultivate ways to gaze at the most excellent of men...  He whose lips are anointed with grace...

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