C.S. Lewis lived during a tough period in mankind’s history, the First and Second World Wars. All of Europe was thrown into suffering, and Mr. Lewis’ tragedy was compounded even further after the death of his beloved wife, Joy. But the famous atheist-turned-Christian-author never gave up hope.
And maybe that’s why his teachings on hope have helped so many others, decades later.
In the tenth chapter of his classic, Mere Christianity, simply titled Hope, Lewis explains that those who make the greatest impact on this world are those who are focused on the world to come. He offers some popular opinions on the matter, and then outlines what a Christian’s attitude should be.
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death.
On November 22, 1963, C. S. Lewis found the world he was made for. Have you found the world you were made for?
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. HarperCollins, 1952, Pages 136-137.
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