Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Three ways to live

Just in case someone stumbles here by providence, I thought it might be a good idea to post something edifying lest said stumbler worry that the proprietor here has deserted the place.

A few weeks ago the preternaturally productive Justin Taylor posted an essay by C.S. Lewis which I had never before seen. I commend it to you as well worth reading. Lewis has one of his trademark insights about human nature that makes you feel bad because it describes some failing of yours to a “t”, but leaves you with hope because he also describes the remedy.

“There are three kinds of people in the world.

The first class is of those who live simply for their own sake and pleasure, regarding Man and Nature as so much raw material to be cut up into whatever shape may serve them.

In the second class are those who acknowledge some other claim upon them—the will of God, the categorical imperative, or the good of society—and honestly try to pursue their own interests no further than this claim will allow. They try to surrender to the higher claim as much as it demands, like men paying a tax, but hope, like other taxpayers, that what is left over will be enough for them to live on. Their life is divided, like a soldier’s or a schoolboy’s life, into time “on parade” and “off parade,” “in school” and “out of school.”

But the third class is of those who can say like St Paul that for them “to live is Christ.” These people have got rid of the tiresome business of adjusting the rival claims of Self and God by the simple expedient of rejecting the claims of Self altogether. The old egoistic will has been turned round, reconditioned, and made into a new thing. The will of Christ no longer limits theirs; it is theirs. All their time, in belonging to Him, belongs also to them, for they are His.”

You can read the rest here.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

At Once Simple, True and Beautiful

John Bunyan:

"Run, John, run
The law commands
But gives neither feet nor hands
Better news the gospel brings
It bids us fly and gives us wings."

Thanks, Jared Wilson, for finding and posting this gem. Made my day.