Friday, December 23, 2016

sugar and the care of one's hooves

Lewis talks about greatness meeting the little ones today in A Year with C.S. Lewis.

He talks about how a mark of the truly great is that it is able to reach down and meet the lesser ones where they live. And he demonstrates this idea in his Narnian books. There is a scene, one of my favorites, where the amazing, beautiful unicorn Jewel is talking to the simple donkey Puzzle. Since Puzzle isn't too bright, Jewel reaches down to his level and talks about "sugar and the care of one's hooves", which are simple ideas that poor Puzzle can understand.

This is a beautiful picture of kindness. It is what we as Christians are called to. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is kindness. And when God enables us to be kind, we find ourselves also being great. Because that kindness is a picture of us reaching out to those who perhaps aren't as well off, or as gifted, or in the same place in their walk... and giving them grace and love. Just like God does in our lives every single day.

God, thank You for Your kindness, which enables us to be kind to the little ones.