C.S. Lewis on Complacency


A quote for the day:

“As long as [man] does not convert it into action, it does not matter how much he thinks about this new repentance… Wallow in it… Write a book about it; that is often an excellent way of sterilising the seeds which [Heavenly Father] plants in a human soul… Do anything but act. No amount of piety in his imagination and affections will harm [the cause of evil] if [it is kept] out of his will… The more often he feels without acting, the less he will ever be able to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.” – C.S. Lewis (in The Screwtape Letters, an imagined account of letters from senior demon Screwtape to Wormwood, a junior demon, on how to defeat his “patient”)

As a beginning blogger, the “write a book about it” line is hard to post but this quote has been helpful in getting me out of ruts, and I hope it helps you as well.

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