“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. We are far too easily pleased.” C.S. Lewis - The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses
The imagery posed by C.S. Lewis in this quote is so profound. It is difficult to recognize when our hearts are too easily pleased. Life is fun; how are we supposed to know if there is something deeper out there for us? Our hearts naturally want to be satisfied. One of the most famous hymns in our culture (Come Thou Fount) portrays the condition of our hearts perfectly: “Prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.”
Where do we look for the answer to this heart deep dilemma? Thankfully, we don’t have to look far. The answer lies in the previous verse of the hymn: “Let thy goodness like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.”
What are we substituting on a daily basis that is taking the place of infinite joy and freedom? How can we “bind our wandering hearts” to God’s grace and goodness?
Thankfully, the answer is not a 10-step “How To” list. Simply put, we bind our hearts to God by allowing ourselves to experience Him. Just as you allow yourself to engage in a joyful conversation with a friend, embrace a difficult trial in life, or enjoy an unbelievable view in nature, you have access to experience the love and affection that God offers you.
Once you accept, embrace, and experience this adoption into the kingdom of God, literally nothing can steal that identity from you. My possessions could be stripped from me easily. My identity as a husband or son could be taken from me in one moment; all it would take is one tragedy. The one thing that can never be altered is my identity as an heir of the kingdom through Christ’s work on the cross.
This truth re-calibrates the method in which our hearts determine if they are pleased. We can now recognize when our hearts are being tempted by false idols as well as embrace the fullness and joy of true satisfaction.
Once your sights are set on the destination “at the sea” instead of in the mud-pile, you are free to embrace and “Enjoy The Journey” in a new and refreshing way. My encouragement is that you enjoy life, try new things, meet new people, and branch out of your comfort zone.
Look for opportunities to serve and love others. Be willing to say yes and enjoy the richness of life, whether at work or play. In all things, know that you are loved, you are embraced, and you can enjoy your journey!
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11 (ESV)