“There is among Christians far too much inclination to square & reconcile to human understanding the truths of revelation.” – C.H. Spurgeon


Joy vs. Worldly Sorrow (James 1:1-8)

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.” – William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming

“Despair [is] the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.” – Dorothy Sayers

Over time, sorrow left alone, without interruption from others or from God, turns – it goes bad.

“The prison house of a crippling self-involvement.” (Jackson Bate, Samuel Johnson biography)

Spiritual sloth: a disinclination to pursue the means of grace, soul paralysis.

“At one point she stopped grumbling and became a grumble.” – C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

“…Suggests indifference and spiritual forgetfulness. It’s like the dark night of the soul, but more blah, more vanilla, less interesting. As Richard John Neuhaus explains, ‘Acedia is evening without number obliterated by television, evenings neither of entertainment nor of education but of narcoticized defense against time and duty. Above all, acedia is apathy, the refusal to engage the pathos of other life’s and of God’s life with them’ (Freedom for Ministry).” – Kevin DeYoung

“Startled into self-forgetfulness, I again tasted joy.”

“I bid you to come out before your doors and look abroad.”

“If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are this I’ll unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.” C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Do the next thing (Genesis 22:3)

Travel with loved ones – we are not meant to travel alone.


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