After the storm

“Let the Word of God come; let it enter the church;
let it become a consuming fire, that it may burn the hay and stubble,
and consume whatever is worldly; there is heavy lead of iniquity in many;
let it be molten by divine fire; let the gold and silver vessels be made better,
in order that understanding and speech, refined by the heat of suffering,
may begin to be more precious.”

St. Ambrose

(the break following a very stormy day / Julie Cook / 2018)

“People often think of Christian morality as a kind of bargain in which God says,
‘If you keep a lot of rules I’ll reward you,
and if you don’t I’ll do the other thing.’
I do not think that is the best way of looking at it.
I would much rather say that every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you,
the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before.
And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices,
all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into
a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature:
either into a creature that is in harmony with God,
and with other creatures, and with itself,
or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow-creatures,
and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven:
that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power.
To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence,
and eternal loneliness. Each of us at this moment is progressing to the one state or the other.”

C. S. Lewis, p. 92
An Excerpt From
Mere Christianity

23 comments on “After the storm

  1. ColorStorm says:

    Jack Lewis was a smart man. The idea of choosing, and becoming somewhat different for doing so, is a morsel of truth lost on us today. Either in harmony, or at war, what fool would choose war with himself?

    Yet, in blogsville, you, I, others, are accused of disharmony for the sole reason our eyes are turned toward truth and God, as revealed in His excellent word. Faith, hope, love, these three, and the greatest of these is charity. People have a problem with this? Really?

    As a sidebar, keep in mind J that the naysayers are descendants of lousy kings, who couldn’t even rule themselves as much as others……………and who also blamed God for their own rebellious acts, whose desire is to rid wordPress of Christian blogs, who are not happy until they can gain as many disciples into their own cauldron of cess and filth.

    As you (he) sez: idiocy and rage. So we press on. 😉

  2. says:

    I love the words of Lewis. Whether our eternity is in heaven depends on our acceptance of what God did for us.

  3. Tricia says:

    Thank for a little C.S Lewis this morning Julie. I never tire of reading his words. Happy Sunday!

  4. oneta hayes says:

    “Each of us at this moment is progressing to the one state or the other.” And we so blindly go on our way – a collective “we.” Some have considered the cost of poor choices and hesitate to go down their dark alleys, choosing to follow the Godly choice if we know it. If we do not know, we trust that he will give us discernment and protection.

  5. What an absolutely powerful quote from C.S. Lewis! And such an accurate way of viewing the choices we make in this world! Thank you for this incredibly convicting post, dear Julie! ❤ ❤ you!

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