Friday, December 23, 2011

Eternal Hope

I am reading C.S. Lewis's theological classic 'Mere Christianity' at the moment (well, have been at it for a while now - it's not a quick read!), and was really encouraged as I was reminded where, as Jesus followers, our hope should be focused.

Lewis writes : "The Christian says, "Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exist... If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.""

During this festive season, lets not allow retail marketing and social pressures to sway our focus from what really matters, as no diamond braclet, iPad2, new boyfriend/girlfriend, giant Christmas feast, or any earthly thing will ever truely satisfy our eternal longings. Jesus is not only the Reason for the Season, He is also the Answer for the Season.

Merry Christmas!

Love Brooke

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