As a little follow on from what I wrote in my devotional about joy, I came across this quote at Evening College and just had to share it.

If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered to 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 sea. We are far too easily pleased. (The Weight of Glory, 1949).



I just love this imagery and know exactly what it means.  I never had a proper holiday until I was 16 and before then could not imagine what it would be like, even when described.  Before I knew God I didn’t understand what true LOVE or true JOY or true happpiness looked like.  I was ‘content’ as so many are making mud pies.

Let’s share God’s joy today with those who havent fully grasped it!!



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