April 01 Day 92
How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life
“So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12
The Quiddity of Life
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C. S. Lewis, (1898-1963) the prolific Irish writer, scholar, and teacher at Oxford University was a renowned apologist writer that used logic and philosophy to support the tenets of his Christian faith. He best known for his ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ fantasy series and his pro-Christian quotes. One of my favorite words that C. S. Lewis used in his writings is the old English word, Quiddity.
C.S. Lewis wrote that, “To surrender to the Quiddity of life–which means, to surrender to whatever life sends you–can be an adventure of unexpected and neglected delight. The commonplace becomes quite startling and marvelous when one actually pays attention to it and forgets oneself.”
Have you ever been going along in life when all of sudden…an opportunity or adventure presented itself to you in such a way that it required all of your attention, to the point where you even forgot the direction you were going in the first place?
The element of quiddity can be found in such an event like waking up Christmas morning with the anticipation and excitement of new gifts under the tree. When life brings us quiddity, it is always presented in a fun and adventurous light. It allows us to see beyond the gift and recognize the Giver (God).
Lewis believed that simple everyday life, always presents us with countless opportunities to have fun if we would only look for them. By surrendering to our circumstances, we may catch a glimpse, or hint, of the mystery beyond this world. It allows the Holy Spirit to enter into our lives and lead us in a divine path, away from the world and our own insecurities, leaving that force that demands that we somehow maintain some sort of “control” over our lives. Enjoying the Quiddity of life means seeing the humor in our unfortunate circumstances. Lewis fwrote in his books to look for the fun life, and while your at ityou will probably find some meaning in it and something to be thankful for.
In this life there will always be setbacks and struggles. Let us take the time to look carefully at our circumstances, for we may find Quiddity starring back at us, inviting us to come along and experience an adventure of an unexpected delight.
Words to Think About…
“I did not say to myself, ‘Let us represent Jesus as he really is in our world by a lion in Narnia.’ I said, ‘Let us suppose that there were a land like Narnia and that the Son of God, as he became a man in our world, became a lion there, and then imagine what would happen.’ ” – C.S. Lewis
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” – C. S. Lewis
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” – C. S. Lewis
“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” – C. S. Lewis
“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.” – C. S. Lewis
“Everyone has noticed how hard it is to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us… While what we call ‘our own life’ remains agreeable, we will not surrender it to Him. What, then, can God do in our interests but make ‘our own life’ less agreeable to us, and take away the plausible sources of false happiness?” – C. S. Lewis
“If any cleric or monk speaks jocular words, such as provoke laughter. Let him be anathema.” – Ordinance, Second Council of Constance, 1418