Settling For Less

settle for less

There is little lasting satisfaction or true happiness in our world..But maybe the problem is not availability, maybe we just settle for less. The following excerpt from the C.S. Lewis sermon “The Weight of Glory” highlights our weakness in settling for less than God desires for us.

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 an offer of a holiday at the sea.  We are far too easily pleased.[1]


*a person who accepts what happens without complaining or showing emotion—

** Immanuel Kant-was the paradigmatic philosopher of the European Enlightenment.

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