I love C. S. Lewis’s words which remind us that apart from God, we could not feel the happiness or peace we’re looking for. It’s kind of like the song – Lookin’ for love in all the wrong places.
It’s not going to be found apart from finding more of and about God! C.S. Lewis was a wise, Upward -Thinking man! His words are these:
God cannot give happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
I wish I could feel it all the time. Some mornings I awake, offer up my prayers, and determine to be full of serenity. Then the phone rings with a crotchety person on the other end. Or there are five more things to get done than two of me could accomplish in one day. Or I drop a jar on my toe, the physical body won’t cooperate and poops out too easily or early, or some other ridiculous and petty issue angers or frustrates me. Peace takes a hike. Little wonder.
It’s like a storm front coming at me. When it comes, I can wait it out, work to sort through it, or run for the hills. Actually, on occasions, I’ve done all three. And if it gets me out of the pity party, the distraction from more GOOD things, or teaches me a needed lesson to help me be better for the next go-round, it’s all good.
But it’s up to me.
Here is a great piece of advice for me. Maybe it will be good for you, too:
Five great enemies to peace inhabit with us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
I feel like the blessings of following Godly principles always help us. Though I’m not sure of the order of the five principles above, it’s pretty clear that each of them separates us from blessings that we’d like in our lives.
Control freaks cannot find peace. Whiners cannot find it. Those who want to move ahead at the expense of another can’t find it. Anger never helps anything. Being the center of our own universe is a waste of time, air, and energy. I have no patience for it [maybe patience should be included in that list?]
And pride – it takes so many forms. In so many ways. No matter how we cut it, pride takes away peace. It destroys connections and kindness and goodness. It creates storms!
I don’t know about you – for sure- but I imagine you, like me, want sunnier skies and less howling winds. More goodness and less craziness. More Godliness and less of … well, anything less than He offers! It’s a better way to live.
If we are pointed in the direction of Him – peace is there!