Posted by: Don Linnen | 31 January 2014

Burn the Boats?

C.S. Lewis said in The Weight of Glory:

“It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea.”

This brings to mind my own self restraint from dreaming of splashing on the white beaches of Destin or hiking under the waterfalls on Kauai. It’s a reminder of my fear of letting go of the mundane things I know – whether mostly good or not so good.

Without thinking my fingers change the word bad to not so good.

During the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire beginning in 1519, Cortes scuttled his fleet to eliminate the temptation of retreat to safer, more familiar lands. We learn as young adults to not burn bridges of troubled relationships.

It’s no wonder we hesitate to completely acknowledge our sins. We softly refuse a commitment to not repeat them. They’re comfortable, familiar, and / or enjoyable. They’re easy to redefine into something acceptable in the eyes of other mortals.

To repent means to burn the boats. Never plan on going back. That seems terribly final. It’s natural to be human. To take precautions – just in case.

Lewis concludes that the root principle of all our precautions is the same: to guard all things temporal – the nonspiritual things on this earth.

Ugh!  Guilty as charged.

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