We Are Far Too Easily Pleased

“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. Indeed, 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 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.” -C.S. Lewis

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  1. If our minds could only conceive, even an iota, of what God has planned for those who love him, we would be pleading with him to take us now. But, because we become entwined with the ways of this perishing world, we forget the joy that is ours for the asking.

  2. Marianne, I totally agree! We are far too easily distracted by the momentary pleasures and pains of this world and often miss the bigger picture of God’s glorious gift of eternity with Him.

    But I also want to echo Paul’s reasoning for one reason to want to remain on this earth for just a little while longer—for the sake of the saints. We have an extraordinary opportunity this side of death—the participation in the redemption of sinners and their reconciliation into the family of God. What a great work to be a part of! I want to be with Christ—but, for the moment, I get to be a part of saving His people. (Philippians 1)

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