I think I shall begin the quotes challenge with one from a man who has left, in my opinion, an indelible mark upon the world with his work: Clive Staples Lewis – author, broadcaster, scholar, and apologist.
“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” C. S. Lewis
We are a hard-headed lot, the human race in general. Can you count the times we, individually or collectively, have ranted about change, progress, bettering ourselves/society, etcetera? I’d hazard to say “No” to that. How about the number of times, after making said statements, we actually do something toward furthering or fulfilling the goal, making progress? Again, probably not accurately; but I’ll bet it’s a much lower number.
It seems that our pride always gets in the way of actually accomplishing much of anything, especially if “we” start off on the wrong track in getting there, as Lewis alludes to in the quote above. Too often, I’ll say for me, as only “you” can answer for “you”, we jump in, speak up, or leap completely out without introspection on just what, exactly, it’s going to take to see an idea, project, what-have-you, through. And in today’s culture I know it’s all too often done without seeking guidance from God, which in my heart is essential to receive in order to move forward, progress, in a right, godly way, a way that He will bless and prosper. Seeking God’s will first is where we must start if we really want progress in anything.
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:3-6 ESV)
Excellent post, Greg! Another quote by C.S. Lewis: “Evil comes from the abuse of free will.”
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Thank you, Lynn. I am a big fan of Lewis.
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