Thursday, December 01, 2005

C. S. Lewis "Quote of the Week"

"I know all about the despair of overcoming chronic temptations. It is not serious, provided self-offended petulance, annoyance at breaking records, impatience etc. don't get the upper hand. No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. But the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes in the airing cupboard. The only fatal think is to lose one's temper and give it up. It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence."

C. S. Lewis, Letters (20 January 1942)

This quote is much along the same lines as the one I posted last week. I don't know about you, but I need the reminding.


Jared Cramer said...

As someone who does struggle with chronic temptations, this quite is powerfully appreciated.

Terry (John) said...

Yep, this quote speaks to me too. Lewis knew a thing or two about battling the demons. I especially like when he writes that "it is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us."