I thought that I could do it on my own

 

Quiet Cross

“When I first became a Christian, about fourteen years ago, I thought that I could do it on my own, by retiring to my rooms and reading theology, and wouldn’t go to the churches and Gospel Halls; I disliked very much their hymns which I considered to be fifth-rate poems set to sixth-rate music. But as I went on I saw the merit of it. I came up against different people of quite different outlooks and different education, and then gradually my conceit just began peeling off. I realized that the hymns (which were just sixth-rate music) were, nevertheless, being sung with devotion and benefit by an old saint in elastic-side boots in the opposite pew, and then you realize that you aren’t fit to clean those boots. It gets you out of your solitary conceit.”

– C.S. Lewis,  Surprised by Joy (via inward/outward)

Old paragraphs  above with fresh relevance for today. C.S Lewis is always delightful in the way he crafts his timely insights which humbles as well as matures the reader.

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