All of us sinners are Narcissistic to some degree. But the enchanting power that mirrors have over most of us is different from Narcissus. When we look into a mirror most of us are not captivated by our beauty, we are condemned by our defects.
We all must come to terms with the way we are. The first is to cultivate contentment with who God designed us to be. The second is to lay aside the burdensome weight of the fatalistic resignation that we’ll never be any different than what we are.
What is it about C.S. Lewis that makes such a huge impact on so many of us? It’s not merely his brilliance or his ability to craft such lucid, poetic prose. There are many brilliant, wonderful writers. . . .
If you want to try your hand at stoicism, forget the Bible. It has little for you. Scripture does not support the idea that our motives are more pure the less we are pursuing our own interested happiness.
Every single moment is new. Every moment is a completely unique creation by God the Father through God the Son who is upholding the universe at that moment by the word of his power. Never is a moment neglected. Never is a moment repeated.
Living in this world tends to make us feel thin. We feel, with Bilbo Baggins, “like butter scraped over too much bread.” Another beheading, another disease epidemic, another leader’s adultery exposed, another day struggling within and without against unrelenting evil.
The Bible tells us “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). That means a lot is at stake in what we say today. And in literate societies like ours, tongues include hands that write, type, paint, or sign.