Monday, November 18, 2013

first and second things

"The woman who makes a dog the centre of her life loses, in the end, not only her human usefulness and dignity but even the proper pleasure of dog-keeping.  The man who makes alcohol his chief good loses not only his job but his palate and all power of enjoying the earlier (and only pleasurable) levels of intoxication.  It is a glorious thing to feel for a moment or two that the whole meaning of the universe is summed up in one woman- glorious so long as other duties and pleasures keep tearing you away from her.  But clear the decks and so arrange your life (it is sometimes feasible) that you will have nothing to do but contemplate her, and what happens?  Of course this law has been discovered before, but it will stand re-discovery.  It may be stated as follows:  every preference of a small good to a great, or partial good to a total good, involves the loss of the small or partial good for which the sacrifice is made...  You can't get second things by putting them first.  You get second things only by putting first things first."  C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock:  Essays on Theology and Ethics

I've been very busy lately like I'm sure you have been.  I find myself always wishing I had more time to do and finish more things, but I'm learning the value of a righteous "no" without apology (well, I'm working on the apology part).  After all, I'm little tiny me serving a great big God and all I can do is my little part as I rely on Him for the rest.  I hope during this season of frenzied activity that I can remember and actually practice this holiday mantra (I'll fight for it):  first things first. 

It's the only way to really see and enjoy those second things anyway. 

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