Tuesday, January 15, 2008

When we notice the dirt

"I know all about the despair of overcoming chronic temptations. . . . No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. But the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes in the airing cupboard. The only fatal thing is to lose one's temper and give it up. It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of his presence."

C. S. Lewis, letter, 20 January 1942, quoted in Clyde S. Kilby, A Mind Awake, page 162.