Saturday, December 17, 2016

being left out

Lewis talks today about being let in or left out in A Year with C.S. Lewis.

And I think we all have it in our heads that we might "make it some day", don't we? Someone will discover us, and we'll become famous movie stars or sports heroes or presidents of our companies? And when we come close to it, when we can taste that success, the temptation is very great to do things that we believe are wrong.

Lewis talks about how otherwise good men will do very bad things because they don't want to be "left out" of the "inner group." The lure can be strong. How can we resist it?

Well, one thing that helps is to realize that we don't need it. We don't need to be movie stars or famous sports figures. God meets us here, where we are, as the not famous, rather simple people that we are currently. He loves us this way. Will He stop loving us if we get famous? Of course not. But we don't have to jump through the hoops, especially the morally compromising ones, to become something that we're not. Because who we are right now is pretty great.

That's the lie of the "inner circle". That who you are right NOW is somehow inferior to who you would be if you joined the circle. We know it's not true when we're thinking clearly. But that lure can cloud our thinking. That's why it's important to realize NOW that we don't need it. That we're complete and that God loves us more than we can imagine just as we are right now.

God, thanks for keeping us grounded.