Thursday, March 06, 2008

Sensible and Human Things

The Bath by Mary Cassatt

I read from Psalm 52 this morning, about the evil, boasting man whom God will "uproot from the land of the living." In contrast, the righteous have deep roots and thrive like a "green olive tree". I want the permanent faith and the longevity of the olive tree. But how does that translate into the context of my everyday life? What will the daily activities of the rooted righteous look like?

I think this quote by C.S. Lewis answers that question very nicely. He wrote this during WWII, when the English were living in fear of German bomb raids.

"The first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb, when it comes, find us doing sensible and human things -- praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts -- not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. " ~~C. S. Lewis

I'll be doing quite a few of those sensible and human things today, with a new perspective on them. Those common activities matter, and they make an eternal difference.

What will your day find you doing?

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