I went to Sunday School last Sunday.
Big deal, you say. It is. I can’t count the years since I attended a Sunday School class. I am not going because I think I am going to be amazed at the learning. To be honest, I have heard more than I put into action. I have also taught it. The reason I am going is to force myself to get out of my shell and get to know the people of the church. I don’t look at it as socializing as much as building the body of Christ by getting involved. I have been telling myself I would do it. Now I have.
On the desk in front of me, at eye level, written in clear English is little card that says, “Do it now.” It is there to combat my procrastination. Sometimes it works. What also got me moving was a re-reading of the Screwtape Letters. In it I found Screwtape’s advice to Wormwood on how to deaden the spirit of revival in the new convert,
“The great thing is to prevent his doing anything. as long as he does not convert it into action, it does not matter how much he thinks about this new repentance.... Let him do anything but act No amount of piety in his imagination and affections will harm us if we can keep it out of his will.” p 66I do not confuse C.S. Lewis with the Apostle Paul but that does not mean that he can’t say things that need to be said.
So I got active. Now to make it through all the excuses I will have for next week.
Lewis, C.S. The Screwtape Letters. Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 2002.
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