“Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
This quote reminds me to “be careful what you wish for.”
It’s easy to fall into the trap of wishing for more comfort or prosperity. For the bigger house or car. The nicer clothes or cooler gear.
The question of what we have to give up in order to get it seems a distant whisper in the face of our desires.
CS Lewis hits it on the head here – “it” gets a hold of us in the process.
When we give in to our desires and ambitions we can become something we never intended.
We can lose ourselves in the process and end up worse off than we were at the beginning.
We must strive and do our best in service to others (with love). Working towards goals and with purpose has been placed in us by our Creator. These must be filtered through a mature and thoughtful philosophy on life, not compared to the latest commercial or what our neighbor is driving.
We can live better lives. Not by striving for prosperity and comfort, but by giving up our own desires in services to others (with love).
Make it a great day.