C.S. Lewis: Happiness

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Happy are the people with such blessings. Happy are the people whose God is the LORD. Psalm 144:15

“What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they could “be like gods” — could set up on their own as if they had created themselves — be their own masters — invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God. and out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history — money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery — the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.

The reason why it can never succeed is this. God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. a car is made to run on gasoline, and it would not run properly on anything else. now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity (Quebec: Samizdat University Press, 2014) 31.

When we serve anything but the Lord, we as humans do not work like we are supposed to. As Lewis notes, just trace the implications through human history to see that this is true.

On the positive side, when the Lord is our fuel, we operate with a happiness and peace that the world cannot comprehend. We exhibit generosity rather than hold on to money.

Many want to go back to normal (life before COVID), back to being the Lord of their lives, back to being “like gods.” Let us instead live, breathe, and find our being in God alone.

We discover happiness and peace there, which may be the greatest thing we could enjoy and share with a needy world. Share happiness richly, please.