A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Quotable C.S. Lewis #25: Sculptured and Shaped

True personality lies ahead-- how far ahead, for most of us, I dare not say. And the key to it does not lie in ourselves. It will come to us when we occupy those places in the structure of the eternal cosmos for which we were designed or invented. As a colour first reveals its true quality when placed by an excellent artist in its pre-elected spot between certain others, as a spice revels its true flavour when inserted just where and when a good cook wishes among the other ingredients, as the dog becomes really doggy only when he has taken his place in the household of man, so we shall then first be true persons when we have suffered ourselves to be fitted into our places. We are marble waiting to be shaped, metal waiting to be run into a mould. No doubt there are already, even in the unregenerate self, faint hints of what mould each is designed for, or what sort of pillar he will be. But it is, I think, a gross exaggeration to picture the saving of a soul as being, normally, at all like the development from seed to flower. The very words repentance, regeneration, the New Man, suggest something very different. Some tendencies in each natural man may have to be simply rejected.

--The Weight of Glory


Angie Van De Merwe said...

The biggest inhibitor of an individual developing is a lack of trust in those that are willing and able to invest in that life. Trust should be the first and foremost character trait of a mentor.

Unfortunately, when trust is broken, then trust has to be re-built and depending on what has transpired, will determine what means and needs to happen for trust to be established.

Trust, unless one is a child, is not given to "just anyone". Unfortunately, again, usually the young child, young person, or young adult finds out that many are not trustworthy and these should not be given the freedom to invest in that life.

Ted M. Gossard said...