Enduring vs Enjoying

All things are meant to be either endured or enjoyed.

They are opposite sides of the same mountain. The dark hard path of endurance is hidden from any good light and an endless number of obstacles. Enjoyment is the sunny side of the mountain in a green cloak and pierced with peaceful streams.

It is where strength renews and paths made right.

Both have a ancient shepherd with a strong and steady gaze on his flock.

Both have prepared feasts in the presence of those who are just outside of his feast.

Said a wise CS Lewis, “We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. But the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes in the airing cupboard. The only fatal thinking is to lose one’s temper and give it up. It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.”

The dark side is to be endured and the light side to be enjoyed, and both are certain, but are meant to prepare us for an eternal kingdom of light.

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