My Only Real Treasure is Christ

Posted: December 16, 2010 in c. s. lewis, gospel, quotes, suffering

Encouragement from C. S. Lewis for those suffering in pain and uncertainty:

“My own experience is something like this: I am progressing along the path of life in my ordinary contentedly fallen and godless condition, absorbed in a merry meeting with my friends for the morrow or a bit of work that tickles my vanity today, a holiday or a new book, when suddenly a stab of abdominal pain that threatens serious disease, or a headline in the newspapers that threatens us all with destruction, sends this whole pack of cards tumbling down.  At first I am overwhelmed, and all my little happinesses look like broken toys.  Then, slowly and reluctantly, bit by bit, I try to bring myself into the frame of mind that I should be in at all times.  I remind myself that all these toys were never intended to possess my heart, that my true good is in another world and my only real treasure is Christ.”

– C. S. Lewis, as quoted in Mark Talbot’s chapter, “When All Hope Has Died,” in For the Fame of God’s Name (Wheaton: Crossway, 2010) 84-85.

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