Sunday, January 26, 2014

Chesterton on the Christian Ideal

Every weekend in 2014, we're digging into the prolific work of G.K. Chesterton with Amongst Lovely Things. Join us! All you need is a snippet- a short quote taken from anything he's written. Blog it and link up below, or share your snippet to the comments on this post.

You can add commentary or photos if you'd like (you know I can't ever resist adding a photo, myself!), but all you need is a snippet. Let's keep this thing simple! Reading even a few lines of Chesterton every week is bound to be profitable.


The Christian ideal has not been tried and 

found wanting; it has been found difficult 

and left untried.” – Chapter 5, What’sWrong With The World, 191

I thought I had heard this Chesterton quote as "The Catholic Church" not "The Christian ideal," but, be that as it may, it's still true.  Choosing the easy path is rarely the morally right one.  Or should I say that choosing the right path is rarely the easy one?  Following Christ always demands sacrifice. 

Over the years, people have said to me, time and time again, that they could never homeschool because it's too hard, or have 6 children, or whatever I've done that seems impressive.  All of those things came from choosing God's will instead of my own.    Many, many times I would have chosen an easier path, but I doubt I would have the same blessings had I done so.

1 comment:

  1. I kind of hate it when people say, "I could never..." and then fill in the blank with something I'm doing. I'm never sure if it is a back-handed compliment or not. And I always want to say, "Of course you could! That's what grace is for!" but I never have the courage to. :)


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