reblogged from Hala Thompkins, Christian Education Director at Hope Chapel, Austin
Far Too Easily Pleased?
I have been reading all sorts of essays and blogs recently. As a result, they become jumbled in my head and I can’t quite remember whose thought was whose.
However, in something I read recently, the author quoted C.S. Lewis and this idea has stuck in my head ever since:
“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, 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 s-x 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. ”
-C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, p.26
I’ve thought about applying this as I pray. Am I far too easily pleased? As I pray for my friends who are battling hard things- do I actually believe that God can do even more than I am asking? Am I willing to ask even bigger than is safe? What does real faith look like?
I want to encourage all of us to not be too easily pleased with ordinary, average, okay things. I am asking God to increase my faith, stretch my obedience and glorify Himself by making me dissatisfied with mud pies.
Will you come with me?