Daily Archives: November 27, 2008

being reminded, being thankful

A couple of Lewis quotes from Mere Christianity that lend us to thankfulness…

“As Dr Johnson said, ‘People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.’ The real job of every moral teacher is to keep on bringing us back, time after time, to the old simple principles…” (Mere III.3.1)

“We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed…” (Mere IV.2.4)

Being reminded is important. A student must be reminded of his/her assignments. Children and husbands must be reminded of their chores. At Thanksgiving, we should remind ourselves of the blessings we have been given. We often live in cultures of griping and complaining. Certainly the current economic crisis (it is NOT a downturn) is bringing great hardship to families worldwide… But there is still the godly inclination to help and to give… as a farm in Colorado did… thousands turned up to glean the fields (click here for the full story)… so we need to be reminded to be thankful for what we have. Be reminded to be willing to give what we can… and reminded to help where we are able, where ever we are.18041392_240x180Happy Thanksgiving

[(Mere III.3.1) means book three, chapter 3 and paragraph one – this is a system I devised to use with students as they have varying editions of the book in class and thus the page numbers are not uniform, this way we can find and discuss a given quote…]

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