Friday, February 01, 2008

Challenged by C.S. Lewis.

I've been reading The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis and he challenged me personally when he said, "I think we all sin by needlessly disobeying the apostolic injunction to 'rejoice' as much as by anything else."

I must admit that I don't always rejoice. Sometimes it takes work to focus on the good that is happening all around us. The question I have to ask myself is..."Why am I more passionate about the things that disturb me than the things that make me glad?"

What a world it would be, if I would only rejoice in all things, instead of complaining and moaning. What if we always looked for the good and brought those things to everyone's attention? I'm not talking about denying the realities of imperfection, I am talking about how I deal with those realities.

What about you?


sandy trif said...

I too tend to focus on the things that are going wrong or the injustice done. I think the world and I would be much happier if I would just rejoice over the good things that happen instead of complaining about what is going on wrong. I really should try and be better instead of bitter.


JimmyBob said...

Hi Sandy! I didn't think anyone was reading this blog anymore.

Can't wait to see you guys this summer. We'll be out to New Jersey for Jason Kiefer's wedding.

Tommy said...

what is that old hymn? count your blessings...
some times i am too selfish to see the good things in my life. thank you posting this.