C.S. Lewis on desire

I’ve been surrounded lately by stories. Real stories from real lives. Real lives that are struggling with chasing after wrong desires. God’s been opening our eyes to stories of sex trafficking, stories of immorality, stories of objects in the world being sought after first. And so on, and so on. You and I have stories like these, there’s no getting around that.

Life really is a story. The way we live it mirrors how we tell our stories. If we know God, there are certain laws and truths that He’s given us to help us build our story. Somehow we start narrating the story / living the life by going down a rabbit trail that doesn’t match how He desires for our story to continue. He’s given us the pen, knowing very well how our story should be told, but letting us figure out a way to screw it up. Rabbit trail after Captain Me Planet rabbit trail.

Isn’t that what free will is all about? God having the power to keep us on a leash, but somehow He loves us enough to unhook the chain and let us get lost.

The story of Christ (God the Son) is the only story on earth where the pen wasn’t handed over. The story wasn’t screwed up, because God the Father satisfied Himself by covering our messed up stories with the one His Son wrote over the course of 33 years.

Thanks to a discussion going on over on Max vs. Max today, I was blown away by the words of C.S. Lewis. – “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” (Mere Christianity, Bk. III, Chap. 10, “Hope”).

What are 2-3 things that you have found yourself chasing, thinking your craving would be satisfied, but finding the next minute or next morning that it was only another rabbit trail ending in a desire for something more? Were you made for another world?

  1. I fear that in 7 days time I will discover that my new iphone 4 will fail to satisfy.

    No, I KNOW it will, because there is nothing that can satisfy like God!

  2. Peter – you got that right. The closer I get to God, the less I personally crave gadgets. Our energy, money, and passion that we give to decisions like that says quite a bit.

    A struggle for every Digital Disciple, I believe. A struggle that will only become more of an issue as technology improves and attempts to satisfy more temporary desires.

  3. Man, I used to wish I could be an audiophile (totally into stereos) and used to spend hours trying to figure out how I’d assemble the PERFECT system if I had the cash. But one day I realized that I was just trying to create my own heaven on earth without God. And that I’d never succeed. So I stopped chasing it. One of the best decisions I ever made.

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