I guess I lied about the whole weekly update business. Well I have a good reason; it was due to my OTHER New Year's resolution. Which is to complain less, and all the posts I had in my head sounded like me complaining. Anyhoo, I came across this neat quote by C.S Lewis it was from a sermon he gave in 1941!
If you asked twenty good men to-day what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness. But if you asked almost any of the great Christians of old he would have replied, Love. You see what has happened? A negative term has been substituted for a positive, and this is of more than philological importance. The negative ideal of Unselfishness carries with it the suggestion not primarily of securing good things for others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the important point.
And then he goes on to say….
If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith.
And my absolute favorite..
it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
The entire article can be found here. He uses a lot of big words but it’s quite an interesting read.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Happy Happy New Year people.
how was the first week of 2010? Mine was good... for the first time since i can remember i am actually excited about the year and it seems like that is the general consensus. Everywhere i go there is this almost palpable sense of excitement in the air... i love it!
I resolved to do better about blogging this year.. do a post at least once a week? maybe? we'll see. I don't want to set myself up by putting a number to it but lets just agree that 2010 will be better than 2009.
i was listening to this sermon on the Christian radio last Sunday and this preacher started out his sermon by saying he thinks we should all agree to call it twenty ten instead of two thousand and ten apparently its two syllables less and we can save lots of time by doing that. i got out of the car before i could figure out if he was joking.
Who watched the BCS bowl game? pure awesomeness i tell ya. So i discovered that i have an intense dislike for Texas teams. from the cowgirls down to the longhorns.. if its Texan.. then i have a problem with them. i am really excited/hopeful for the eagles to get their revenge this weekend... oooo yea.
Speaking of college football, I think the story of Tim Tebow is a prime example of Math 5:16 . I am not like every other gator than worships the kid.. nah. i just recognize the hand of the Lord on his life and it makes me respect him more. if i had only one prayer request for 2010 that would be it and i pray that for every one of you my lovely readers.
I just realized that i am either a very mushy somebody or something is wrong with my hormones, the amount of "tear up" moments i have had lately is just ridic...
Next month, i have to retake an exam for the first time in my 25+ years on this planet earth and i failed it by 1 point.. it was a process but i think i have finally come to terms with it..
ok i need to go to bed..my eyes popped open at exactly 2.45am and i haven't been able to go back to sleep yet.
Have a lovely weekend people
Let your light shine before men that they may see
your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven