“God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn’t. In this trial He makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the bench all at once. He always knew that my temple was a house of cards. His only way of making me realize the fact was to knock it down.”
― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
What a powerful thought.
Regardless of where you stand on believing in God and whether or not God places trials in our lives to test us, life will test you at some point.
The older I get the more I wonder how many of my "temples" are really houses of cards.
We see others whose metaphorical card houses have been toppled and quickly jump to conclusions about what they may have done wrong, not noticing we are balancing precariously in a card house ourselves.
But where’s the positive spin, Jake?
First, showing empathy for the weaknesses and follies of others can help us from meeting that same fate.
Second, seeing our house of cards for what it is before it falls can save us a whole lot of heartache.
Take a look at what you are building your beliefs and habits from to make sure they are built on solid footing.
Make it a great day.