Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Earthly Dearest

I recently came across the following quote from C.S. Lewis that I had never seen before:

“When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving toward the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest at all. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.”

This quote really struck me as a reminder that although I find my time taken up more than ever before by others (namely, Charlie), I shouldn’t allow my faith to fall by the wayside. Even though I don’t have a lot of free time, it is more important than ever for me to remember to pray throughout my day and to offer up in service to God every seemingly mundane task done in service to my “earthly dearest”—my son and my husband.

My new prayer is going to be, “Lord, teach me how to love you better so that I can become the very best wife and the very best mother that I can be.”

In other news, Daniel and I have chosen wonderful godparents for Charlie and set a date for his baptism: September 26. Also, Daniel’s brother and sister-in-law are going to be in town from Alabama that weekend for a wedding, so they will be able to be there to see him baptized—an added bonus. We are so excited! September still feels like so far away, but I’m sure it will be here before we know it…


not a minx, a moron, or a parasite said...

That is a great prayer. I'm going to modify it for my own life. Thank you for sharing.

Jackie said...

Do you have the source for this quote? I really like it.

Sarah said...

It's from "Letters of C.S. Lewis", Harcourt Books copyright 1966, in his letter dated 8 November 1952. That man was full of great quotes!