Thought of the Day: Every choice you make

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I just came across this very true and downright profound quote, from pp. 86-87 of C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity:

Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different than it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature: either into a creature in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow-creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.

In other words, with each bad choice, we become more of a hellish creature.
Theologians have warned that with each sin, it gets harder to choose good. And so we sin more, and become increasingly hellish — and miserable.
Every choice we make is important!

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0 responses to “Thought of the Day: Every choice you make


    Great post! Blessings, Emma

  2. Wow! If I were ever to put a tattoo on my arm (it will never happen), this CS Lewis quote would be a contender for choice of content.

  3. This is sooo true. I can’t blam anyone else for my choices I have made in my life….I finally had to learn how to forgive myself for being soooooo stupid at times!

  4. LOL>..On the positive side, I learned those lessons of life very well; and stopped repeating them….except for marriages. I was sooo stupid and gullible. So? I figure I have to take the responsiblility fo that and Not get married again…since I obviously make poor choices. I have no one to blame but myself.

    • But on the OTHER side of that co9n,those you married made exceptionally GOOD choices. Everything in life tends to average out…

  5. What a great reminder, thank you Dr. Eowyn! Made enough hellish bad choices in the past and pray Jesus helps me make the right choices in the future. I want to be more like Him and way less like me!

    • You are 100% correct. Had I done that back then? My horrid mistkes would have been minimal. Now days? I don’t do anything without consulting HIM first.

  6. must qualify C.S. Lewis’s quote with the truth that you “choices” are not of a free will variety. You “choose’ ! but when you do you are acting under influences which direct you path

    • This is not a post about whether or not we have totally “free” exercise of our will. Nor do I or anyone have to subscribe to your supercilious lecture that we “must qualify C.S. Lewis’s quote”. Who are you to qualify, interpret, or delimit what Lewis meant or intended?
      Of course, the very word that you use, “influence,” implies the individual still exercises will and choice. If you believe you don’t exercise choice, then you just rendered meaningless your own comment here, for surely you didn’t write your comment out of your own free choice and will. All of which means that no one should take your comment seriously, for you were simply acting “under” mysterious “influences which direct your path”.

  7. “choices have consequences” and “think before you act” these are some of the mantras we teach our children. We pray if they hear them and see the results from them enough those words will take root.
    Responsibility for choices is seriously lacking in today’s society. With bailouts for businesses, banks, and ‘powerball’ losers; to college age adults crying about their feelings being hurt because their professors spoke truth and they demand action against them; to the female who visits another country alone to talk about rape and takes a shower with a stranger and is then “surprised” when he rapes her in the shower; to the males who decide they are ‘female’ and become eunuchs with implants only to realize they no longer want to be ‘female’; to women who drink themselves into drunken stupors at bars and awaken nude in the back alley the next morning screaming rape. There is an overwhelming increase in the victim mentality, but no one seems to take responsibility for their actions involved or even use common sense to help them make better choices. I believe common sense is simply opening your heart to the Holy Spirit and letting Him guide you.
    Common sense and responsibility seem to parallel each other, but in today’s world they are at polar ends.

    • Thanks for the link, Heather.
      Our times are very different from those when Jesus walked the earth. We now have plentiful government welfare programs for the poor and sick, paid for by the hard-earned dollars of taxpayers. That is why I believe “the least among us” are animals, especially those neglected and abused by humans.

  8. Southside Johnny

    Great work, Doc. It simplifies a lot of complicated theology. Heather and MomOfIV said it best. Really got me thinking.

  9. Tomorrow’s another day. let’s all do our best-est!

  10. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this profound post. Indeed, our choices either lead us to sainthood in heaven or to a despicable existence in hell. As set forth above, each of our choices contribute to our ultimate end and who we really are. ..


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