Tuesday, March 25, 2008

In Pursuit of Orthodoxy with GK Chesterton

I’m reading Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton with a few guys from church. This British author wrote his spiritual autobiography in 1908. I’m just getting started and it is an odd book, but he’s an interesting author, that’s for sure. There’s one line I found noteworthy in the first couple chapters. I’m not done, but this line was worthy of its own post (particularly since it’s been so long since I’ve posted):

We need to be happy in this wonderland without once being merely comfortable.
I may be ripping it out of context, but I think that is such an appropriate statement for where many of us find ourselves as American Christians. We live in a wonderful place. Not perfect, but there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. It is a wonderland. But I also realize my (unhealthy) desire to be comfortable can keep me from the edge of where God would like me to serve and spend myself for His glory. I like the balance of this statement – happy where God has placed me, but not comfortable, not passive, not complacent.


Lee Jones said...

I had to read that a couple of times before I got it...

Justin said...

Me, too. I find I have to do a good bit of re-reading with Chesterton.