I like to read this article since I found a lot of good quotes in it. In this blog, I picked two of my favorite quotes; and I am going to explain them from my own understanding. (I also got some comments from the group discussion.)
“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 offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily.”
At first, I didn’t really understand the meaning of “half-hearted creatures”. Why did Lewis call human like that? As Christians, most of us pray and read Bible everyday. Interpreting from the Bible, we know what is good and what it bad. We are not supposed to get drunk; we are not allowed to have sex before getting married; we can’t steal and so on. But are all Christians obeying God’s rules? The answer is “No”. I think that’s why Lewis called human half-hearted creatures. Even though we clearly understand what God wants us to do, we still run to the opposite direction.
Part of our hearts are obeying Lord, at the same time, another part of our hearts are following a human’s mind. I like the example Lewis listed here, when we are doing those untrue things from a human desire, we are like children; we are too naive to know more wonderful things. We are too easily to be satisfied by a normal human’s faulty desire. God has prepared the most wonderful things in front of us, since most of us can’t really imagine how good those things are, sometimes, we just automatically give up getting those gifts from God.
As Proverb 3:5-6 said, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Yes, what we think is good may not as good as God thinks, we should totally put our heart in his hands, and believe that God will always straighten our way and prepare the best for us. At a certain period of time, we may feel uncomfortable to obey him instead of doing things from our own perspectives, but just wait, God always has his plan on every event that have been and will happen on us.
“Meanwhile the cross comes before the crown and tomorrow is a Monday morning.”
Jesus Christ died for us on the cross. He is one of the trinity. He supposes to be the king of our world. However, in this quote, Lewis said that “the cross comes before the crown”, I think he is telling us that even though Jesus is the kings, he came to earth as the form of human being, he died for us. Have you ever seen a king who actually died for his people? He carried our sin and healed us with his own flesh and blood, he put down his crown, and used his death to save us, he is the most humble king. For the second part, as Lewis wrote, “and tomorrow is Monday morning.” After Jesus forgiving our sin, a brand new day is coming. We forget our sin and start a new life. Just like what professor said in the class, Satan doesn’t want us to forget our sins, so we’ll continue repeat them. However, like Lewis said, on the opposite, God wants us to forget our sin and have a new beginning. Although we’ll still have sin all the time, our sin will become less and less as we are keeping realizing them and forgeting (don’t remember how to get the sin anymore) them, we will become more like our father Jesus Christ day by day.