Oh feed my soul…inspire my heart…fill my spirit with encouraging words. I often pray for words of comfort. Reading words that stir the soul and rejuvenate in praise, for even a kind word spoken can penetrate a hardened heart.
Like the words from Psalm 62:5, “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from him.” I look to inspiring writers and sometimes their words are like a message spoken to my heart.
I have been sharing inspirational quotes from some of my favorite writers and no list would be complete without mentioning the inspirational works of C.S. Lewis.
Nowadays many recognize Clive Staples Lewis based on the popularity of “The Chronicles of Narnia.” C.S. Lewis was a scholar and authored a variety of books including many on Christianity.
His words are thought provoking with revolutionary wisdom that comes from study and experience.
Looking for a great read? I recommend, “Mere Christianity”. It is one of his best books. It’s based on a series of essays from 1941-1944. Here C.S. Lewis opens the eyes of the reader with a belief that is a way of life.
“We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.” C.S. Lewis quote
Think of what Lewis says to his reader.
“What can you ever really know of other people’s souls — of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles? One soul in the whole of creation you do know: and it is the only one whose fate is placed in your hands. If there is a God, you are, in a sense, alone with Him. You cannot put Him off with speculation about your neighbors or memories of what you have read in books.”
Lewis is straightforward and honest with his thoughts. C.S. Lewis said, “Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.”
A compelling writer, Lewis sparks ideas and encourages his reader to study more. Lewis said, “You can’t see anything properly while your eyes are blurred with tears.”
It’s a call to action and if a writer knows his audience, he can spur them to achieve great things.
During his life, Lewis struggled with his faith. At 15, he became an atheist. He wrote about his testing faith and said he was “angry with God for not existing.”
He continued to study the works of others and held late night discussions with close Christian friends. Lewis slowly converted to Christianity. A man from both sides of beliefs, Lewis expressed his struggles beautifully in his works.
“In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.” C. S. Lewis said.
A prolific writer, he explored love in his book, “The Four Loves” where he wrote, “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.”
His words are deep and meaningful, “Appreciative love gazes and holds its breath and is silent, rejoices that such a wonder should exist even if not for him, will not be wholly dejected by losing her, would rather have it so than never to have seen her at all.”
Oh feed my soul…inspire my heart…fill my spirit with encouraging words.
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