Jan 28

The Fool’s Way

There is the Fool’s Way of handling those things in life that lose their novelty.

Remember from Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis, when he wrote. “There was something we grasped at, in that first moment of longing, which just fades away in the reality.”

“Now there are two wrong ways of dealing with this fact, and one right one.

(1) The Fool’s Way— He puts the blame on the things themselves. He goes on all his life thinking that if only he tried another woman, or went for a more expensive holiday, or whatever it is, then, this time, he really would catch the mysterious something we are all after. Most of the bored, discontented, rich people in the world are of this type. They spend their whole lives trotting from woman to woman (through the divorce courts ), from continent to continent, from hobby to hobby, always thinking that the latest is ‘the Real Thing’ at last, and always disappointed.”

Lewis, C. S. (2009-05-28). Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis Signature Classics) (pp. 135-136). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

You’ll hear about the other two ways in the upcoming posts.

Jan 20

More HOPE…it’s needed

This past week marked a major milestone for Eye Need Hope.  We’ve just announced our first conference.  What?!

That’s right on June 6th, from 9:00-12:00 we will hold our inaugural event.

This makes the writings C.S. Lewis ring even more true.  Here’s the second paragraph from the “Hope” chapter.

“Most of us find it very difficult to want ‘Heaven’ at all— except in so far as ‘Heaven’ means meeting again our friends who have died. One reason for this difficulty is that we have not been trained: our whole education tends to fix our minds on this world. Another reason is that when the real want for Heaven is present in us , we do not recognise it. Most people, if they had really learned to look into their own hearts , would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world. There are all sorts of things in this world that offer to give it to you, but they never quite keep their promise. The longings which arise in us when we first fall in love, or first think of some foreign country, or first take up some subject that excites us, are longings which no marriage, no travel, no learning, can really satisfy. I am not now speaking of what would be ordinarily called unsuccessful marriages, or holidays, or learned careers. I am speaking of the best possible ones. There was something we grasped at, in that first moment of longing, which just fades away in the reality. I think everyone knows what I mean. The wife may be a good wife, and the hotels and scenery may have been excellent, and chemistry may be a very interesting job : but something has evaded us. Now there are two wrong ways of dealing with this fact, and one right one.”

Lewis, C. S. (2009-05-28). Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis Signature Classics) (pp. 135-136). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

We’ll go into the 3 ways that things allure “fade away in the reality.”  I think of this also as things losing their “novelty.”

Stayed tuned for more information on how you can attend Eye Need Hope’s inaugural conference.

 

Jan 12

HOPE

My passion for inspiring others to have HOPE and helping them OVERCOME adversity has impacted many lives already.  The largest impact has been to my own life.  It’s inspired me to do things I never before even dreamed of or thought possible.  It’s inspired me to form an organization, EyeNeedHope.com. It’s inspired me to read books that I never would have read before.  Okay, I never read many books before.

One of these latest books is “Mere Christianity”, by C.S. Lewis.  Up until now, I knew him for his movies.  🙂  I know, he didn’t create the movies, but he did write the stories.

In this book, he wrote a chapter entitled “Hope.”  Over the next few post, I intend to share the chapter with you.  Here’s the first paragraph or so.

“Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’: aim at earth and you will get neither. It seems a strange rule, but something like it can be seen at work in other matters. Health is a great blessing, but the moment you make health one of your main, direct objects you start becoming a crank and imagining there is something wrong with you. You are only likely to get health provided you want other things more— food, games, work, fun, open air. In the same way, we shall never save civilisation as long as civilisation is our main object. We must learn to want something else even more.”

Lewis, C. S. (2009-05-28). Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis Signature Classics) (pp. 134-135). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

If you enjoy reading and even if you don’t, I highly recommend “Mere Christianity.”  It’s even better than “The Chronicles of Narnia” or “The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.”  🙂

Excerpt taken from Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, published by Harper Collins, available here via Amazon. More info www.amazon.com

Jan 03

Adversity #4 – Financial Troubles

I’ve got’em.  Maybe, you do too.

At this time of year many of you are reeling from an expensive Christmas gift giving season.  You approach November saying, “I’m not going to do that again.”  But, you did.  I’m right there with you.

I’ve got reasons, really excuses, for all of my expenses.  Some of them are unavoidable  Some of them I failed to prepare my family.  Some of them are inexcusable.

It’s time to own up to all of this.  It’s time to meet this beast head on.  It’s time to quit blaming someone else.  It’s time.

Fortunately, I know my problem and have identified it.  Have you?

Are you following certain principles about…

how much you spend?

how much you save?

how much you give?

Do you just plan to work until you die and you’re at peace with that?

what if you’re disabled?

what if others around you are in need?

how can you tell if you’re in trouble?

Are you just hoping to hit the lottery?  Do you really think that would last?

I’ll be the first to admit that I probably have more questions than answers when it comes to this topic.  In a strange sort of way, this makes me an expert.  Funny, huh?  I know many of the tricks on how you can fool yourself and reason why you should make a certain purchase.

This takes a stomach and a true desire.  Even then, it won’t be easy.