“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become - because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be…It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.”—C. S. Lewis
Here’s a test. How far do you have to go to hear the reminder, “Be afraid?” How near is your next, “You’re in trouble” memo? A flip of the newspaper page? A turn of the radio dial? A glance at the Internet? According to the media the world is one scary place! There’s a stampede of fear out there.
Let’s not get caught in it. Let’s be among those who stay calm. Acknowledge threats but refuse to be defined by them. Let’s be numbered among those who hear a difference voice: God’s!
Courage doesn’t panic, it prays. Courage doesn’t bemoan, it believes. Courage listens to the voice of God calling through Scripture, “When reports come in of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don’t panic.” “Let not your heart be troubled.” Trust these and other words from God.
“Do not waste time bothering whether you love your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.”—C. S. Lewis
“When the police arrived and found no lion, no broken wall, and no convicts, and the Head behaving like a lunatic, there was an inquiry into the whole thing. And in the inquiry all sorts of things about Experiment House came out, and about ten people got expelled. After that, the Head’s friends saw that the Head was no use as a Head, so they got her made an Inspector to interfere with other Heads. And when they found she wasn’t much good even at that, they got her into Parliament where she lived happily ever after.”—(Chronicles of Narnia) C. S. Lewis
“[E]very time you make a choice you are turning into the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different than 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 into a heavenly creature or 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 each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.”—C. S. Lewis