season of reading

‎”The one thing Christianity can’t be is moderately important: either it’s untrue, in which case it’s of no importance at all, or it’s true, in which case it demands your whole life” (C.S. Lewis).

I’ve been enjoying some good reading: Crosswicks Journal Book 3: The Irrational Season by Madeleine L’Engle and some articles on this blog, especially an article called The Myth of the Lukewarm Christian. It’s interesting and thought-provoking, and my thoughts are wanting to be provoked right now. Perhaps it’s because the weather is changing. I always get restless when the season changes – well, maybe restless is the wrong word. Introspective? Thoughtful? Questioning? Not negative questioning, but the wondering kind. I want to know more, dig deeper, and live fully. I don’t want to miss out on the truth, freedom, and opportunities life has to offer. It’s wonderful to learn. Something about summer’s humidity makes my brain feel foggy and stagnant, but the fresh breezes of autumn clear the mists. I become nostalgic, wondering, and…well, yes. Restless. But in the most positive of ways.

A few more quotes from my readings:

Lukewarm Christians are satisfied in themselves. Lukewarm Christians are proud of their spiritual commitment and pleased with all that they do for the Lord. Lukewarm Christians believe that they are living the right way, with all the right values, and all the right methods, and all the right works (The Myth of the Lukewarm Christian).

In this article, Eric M. Pazdziora redefines “lukewarm” as Phariseeism. He has some good insights.

And here, L’Engle discusses blessing and cursing. A nudge to me that thought patterns are under my control and can be changed.

But in the small events of daily living we are given the grace to condition our responses to frustrations. It’s something like driving a car. If you’re driving along a highway and a car comes at you from a side road, and you have to think what you ought to do, you’re not likely to avoid an accident. In an emergency you don’t have time to stop and think. You act before thought, on your conditioned reflexes.

So it is with all of life. If our usual response to an annoying situation is a curse, we’re likely to meet emergencies with a curse. In the little events of daily living we have the opportunity to condition our reflexes, which are built up out of ordinary things. And we learn to bless first of all by being blessed. My reflexes of blessing have been conditioned by my parents, my husband, my children, my friends.

Blessing is an attitude toward all of life, transcending and moving beyond words. When family and friends gather around the table to break bread together, this is a blessing. When we harden our hearts against anyone, this is a cursing (Madeleine L’Engle, The Irrational Season).

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