ON GETTING WHAT WE DESERVE:
“A lot of people who complain that they aren’t getting what they deserve don’t know how lucky they are.” (Mad magazine, Issue #275)
In the 1992 movie Unforgiven a young gunslinger is having second thoughts about a man he just shot and killed, and he asks an old gunslinger (Clint Eastwood) if the guy really had it coming. Clint Eastwood, having many second thoughts about much of his past life, replied, “Son, we all got it coming.”
All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. –Romans 3:23
What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!… For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 6:21… 23
Why should men love the Church? Why should they love her laws? She tells them of Life and Death, and of all that they would want to forget. She is tender where they would be hard, and hard where they like to be soft. She tells them of Evil and Sin, and other unpleasant facts.
–T. S. Eliot
“Joy died at 10 o’clock last night… I was alone with her at the moment but she was not conscious… I can’t understand my loss yet and hardly (except for brief but terrible moments) feel more than a kind of bewilderment, almost a psychological paralysis. A bit like the first moments after being hit by a shell (Lewis was severely wounded after being hit by a shell in WWI)… I’d like to meet. Perhaps some day when you are in town I could take you to lunch. For I am—oh God that I were not—very free now. One doesn’t realize in early life that the price of freedom is loneliness. To be happy one must he tied.”
–From a letter by C. S. Lewis to his friend Peter Bide after the death of his wife in 1960
ON LIVING IN THE PRESENT MOMENT:
Never, in peace or war, commit your virtue or your happiness to the future. Happy work is best done by the man who takes his long-term plans somewhat lightly and works from moment to moment “as to the Lord.” It is only our daily bread that we are encouraged to ask for. The present is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received.
—C S. Lewis in The Weight of Glory
“Christians get very angry toward other Christians who sin differently than they do.”
In a French cemetery there are the following concise inscriptions on one tombstone. The epitaph is for a husband and wife:
I am anxiously expecting you. –A.D. 1827
Here I am! –A.D. 1867
“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must feel what it is to face death, to most appreciate the enjoyments of life. Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart; and never forget, that until the day God reveals the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, Wait and Hope.”
~ Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
Lamentations 3:25-26 — The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him. It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
Within my earthly temple there’s a crowd.
There’s one of us that’s humble; one that’s proud.
There’s one that’s broken-hearted for his sins,
And one who, unrepentant, sits and grins.
There’s one who loves his neighbor as himself,
And one who cares for naught but fame and self.
From much corroding care would I be free
If once I could determine which is Me.
–Edwin S. Martin, “Mixed”
THREE QUOTES ON TELLING THE TRUTH:
Who lies for you will lie against you.
No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.
Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.
A woman entered the police station in tears. “You must find my husband,” she cried. “He has disappeared and I cannot live without him.”
“Please lady, “the officer said, “You must calm down so we can ask you some questions. How long has your husband been missing?”
“I have not seen him since a week ago yesterday,” she said.
“What?” said the officer, “He has been missing for over a week? Why did you wait until today to let us know?”
“Well,” the lady replied indignantly, “Today he gets his paycheck!”
Sometimes we may be like that in our relationship with God. We seek the Lord only when we need His help; not because we love Him, and not out of a sense of gratitude for all God has done for us. Yet, we get very irritated when we are treated like that by people who are indebted to us far less than we are indebted to God.
Hebrews 2:1 — We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.
Psalm 14:2-3 — The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
Isaiah 55:6-7 — Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
For food in a world where many walk in hunger;
For faith in a world where many walk in fear;
For friends in a world where many walk alone;
We give you thanks, O Lord. Amen.