Playing With Mud Pies
Here is one of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis:
"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 to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."
This quote really struck a nerve in me because it helped me to see that all of the things I loved, like sex and my entertainment, a great job with good pay, true friends and wonderful family, etc. all of those are gifts from God, and I had fallen in love with these gifts. But there is something infinitely more precious, more valuable, more lasting that all of those gifts combined ... and that is the Giver of the gifts. That is Jesus Christ Himself ... the Maker of the universe wants a relationship with me! He would let me call him "friend". How often I get so busy and caught up and distracted playing with "mud pies" that I miss the opportunity to take a vacation and to go along with God to a beautiful sandy ocean beach.