A Morning with C. S. Lewis

I found this in my inbox this morning, and thought to share it. I loved what C. S. Lewis wrote here. It makes it very clear that even though we are to act as children, but being teachable, single-minded, and full of joy. I always thought of a child as one who is not afraid to be themselves, who want to larn everything about the world, who dream and play boldly, and who not only can be taught, but actively seek out lessons, not because they love being corrected, but because they are curious about how things are.And we are to act mature, in that we learn from our mistakes, learn not to be selfish but to give unreservedly, and be selfless in meeting the needs of others. In this way, we show the world the face of Christ.

I hope you enjoy reading the following post.

Prudence means practical common sense, taking the trouble to think out what you are doing and what is likely to come of it. Nowadays most people hardly think of Prudence as one of the ‘virtues’. In fact, because Christ said we could only get into His world by being like children, many Christians have the idea that, provided you are ‘good’, it does not matter being a fool. But that is a misunderstanding. In the first place, most children show plenty of ‘prudence’ about doing the things they are really interested in, and think them out quite sensibly. In the second place, as St Paul points out, Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence: on the contrary. He told us to be not only ‘as harmless as doves’, but also ‘as wise as serpents’. He wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim. The fact that you are giving money to a charity does not mean that you need not try to find out whether that charity is a fraud or not. The fact that what you are thinking about is God Himself (for example, when you are praying) does not mean that you can be content with the same babyish ideas which you had when you were a five-year-old. It is, of course, quite true that God will not love you any the less, or have less use for you, if you happen to have been born with a very second-rate brain. He has room for people with very little sense, but He wants every one to use what sense they have.

From Mere Christianity
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

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