Quote of the Day: Put down your mud pie

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“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” – C. S. Lewis

We live in an age when mud pies cover billboards and advertisements everywhere we go. All day we hear about mud pies on the radio. Entire morning talk shows are built around the subject of mud pies. Our Google search results come back 90% mud pie.

Around the water cooler at work it’s, “Hey man, did you check out that mud pie yesterday? It was the muddiest mud pie I’ve ever seen.”

“Yeah, it was totally muddy. Maybe one day I’ll have a mud pie like that.”

“Well hey, if you’re interested, I know this great mud hole we can go to this weekend. Have a few mud pies, meet some other muddy people, who knows…you might just get muddy?”

We have mud offered to us for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even worse, we have many trying to convince us that mud pies in the slum are just as good as a holiday at sea. In fact, you shouldn’t be so judgmental as to suggest otherwise.

God made us for much better than that. And it’s easy to forget that when we’re living in an increasingly secular culture intent on changing the definition of a “white sandy beach” to include “mud holes.” In an era of government subsidized mud holes. In a time when desiring white sandy beaches has been made out to be naive, ignorant, or uncool. Truly it seems many wonder if that white sandy beach even actually exists or if it was just some ancient myth.

The world can seem like a pretty muddy place. But this is not about what the world is doing. And it’s not about anyone else.

It’s about a personal decision that each of us make. Everyday we wake up and have the choice of mud pies in the slum or a holiday at sea. And if I could put down my mud pie for two seconds I might catch a glimpse of the infinite joy I’m missing out on.

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Dawn January 28, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Nice analogies! It makes for a fun post about a serious subject. I pray that we all find our way to the white sandy beaches again. They are there waiting for us, we just have to be willing to do the work to get there!

Thanks,
Dawn

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