A By-Product, Not a Prize

“If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire; if you want to be wet you must get into the water.  If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them.  They are not a sort of prize which God could if He chose, just hand out to anyone.  They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very center of reality.  If you are close to it, the spray will wet you: if you are not, you will remain dry.  Once a man is united to God, how could he not live forever?  Once a man is separated from God, what can he do but wither and die?” – C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity p. 176

So much of what people seek can not be obtained directly – as ends in themselves.  Rather, these things are by-products of be rightly-related to God.

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