No cultural change, not even the emergence of post-modernism, will ever reduce the appositeness of C.S. Lewis – one of the greatest Christian apologists and thinkers of the twentieth century. His changed life, translated through mythical and factual words and a pure and simple approach to God, evangelistically baptizes our imaginations and changes us.
“Relationships based on surface-level knowledge stuff do not last. I read ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ a thousand times in 9 months, and it did not inform me at all in the same way actually being with my daughter informed me. I learned by being with her, not by reading about what it was ‘supposed’ to be like.” Sound familiar? Being with God, spending time with Him, is what makes the relationship last. Sure, I love reading Scripture and yes, it informs me, but being with God in relationship? Nothing beats it.
You’ve got to be all in. Maybe not on day 1 – not the day your kid was born or you were re-born – but all in with regard to being committed to the (ongoing) relationship. Being committed to learning about and growing with the person, or, in this case, with God.
Effective decision-making stems from knowing who you are. You cannot make good decisions if you are constantly at war with yourself, or living under the heavy burdens of guilt and shame. In order to show up consistently in your life, you must practice radical self-love. When I rushed the process, my mistakes, terrible decision-making and self-worth looked the same for far too many years.
There is no greater gift than the gift of life; Jesus died for us so that we may have life! Thus, I consider it a tremendous blessing to have had a second chance at living when, over twenty years ago, I was supposed to die from cancer. I was in the middle of a divorce. My soon to be ex-husband had moved us to a new city four months prior; he was now back in our home state by himself. I had a new job, no local friends, and postpartum. And also, as it turned out, leukemia.
Isn’t that the hard part? Relinquishing all control in order to have total freedom? What areas of your life are dying because you’re clinging too tightly instead of giving it over to the Master Waterer so it may instead bloom fully?