I’ve been on the Naxos Island of Greece for a little more than a week of our 2 month visit. The weather continues to be a blessing of sunny blue skies but the island is starting to cool, just a small bit. The food continues to be fantastic and the views are even more impressive. I rented a little fiat with a friend and took to the inner island roads and mountains. There were a lot of beautiful views on every angle of the island. Mountains. Water. Goats. Ruins. Organic markets. Raw & cut marble. Locals.
I also finished Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and wanted to share the final message from Lewis’s book. These final thoughts really resinated with me and rather than describing it, I thought I could share pieces of what Lewis writes directly:
But there must be a real giving up of the self. You must throw it away ‘blindly’ so to speak…forget about the self altogether… It will come when you are looking for Him… Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making… no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simple try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will… become original without ever having noticed it… Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it.
Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin and decay. But look for Christ and you find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in. -C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Reminds me a lot of Jennie Allen’s, Anything Project, complete submission to His plan for us. Letting go of my own short sighted ambitions and five year plans… and somehow along the way I find myself in Greece. God is big and its challenging to remember, I just need to get out His way.
Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 NIV
What I’m reading next? The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. This book is quiet dark as it is a series of letters from an older “Devil” to a younger one coaching him along to win the “patient’s” soul.