Too Easily Pleased

“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 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, The Weight Of Glory

On Wednesday mornings, bright and early at 6:30 AM, I meet with a group of guys for a time of reflection on Scripture, study and prayer. Right now we are reading together a book by Paul Stevens and Alvin Ung entitled, “Taking Your Soul to Work.”  The book is subtitled, “Overcoming the Nine Deadly Sins in the Workplace” and this morning we explored the deadly sin of greed.  Stevens and Ung challenged us to rethink our understanding of greed and pointed to Adam’s primal sin, an attitude and action that was much more than disobeying a command and munching on some forbidden fruit. Alexander Schmemann gets to the heart of the matter:

“The sin is that he ceased to be hungry for God and for God alone, ceased to see his whole life depending on the whole world as a sacrament of communion with God.”

As Rob Bell says regarding the Adam and Eve narrative, “it’s not so much that it happened, but that it happens.”

Today is Ash Wednesday, a day that marks the beginning of the season of Lent, forty days of reflection, examination and the searching of one’s soul.  My personal prayer during this season is that I might come to grips with the reality that I am far too easily satisfied, that I have ceased to be hungry for God and that I fail to not only see but also depend upon God’s good creation as a source of communion and connection with my Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.

God, stir up a hunger for more of You.

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  1. “The sin is that he ceased to be hungry for God” . . . has me thinking today. how does this happen? thankful for the season of Lent to stir up this hunger again.

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