“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
I have a 5 year old who thinks he knows everything. His experience in life is so limited yet he is so stubborn, as 5 year olds tend to be, that he often misses out on something glorious. He missed out on the thrill of the beach all summer because he begged and pleaded that every day we just go to the pool. “It is way better” he said. We finally got him to the beach and now he loves it so much he wants to go all the time. It would be like telling a kid who’s never been, “We are going to Disneyland tomorrow!” only for it to fall flat when he screams that he wants to stay home and play video games. I think of the angels up in heaven and how they must pity us 1000 times more than we pity the ignorance of our own children at times. Take a moment and try something that may seem a bit silly. Find a Christian friend, or if you are by yourself, go stand in front of a mirror. Jump up and down and shout, “Yay! Yay! Yay!, I get to go to Heaven soon!” You may laugh at first just from the mere silliness of it. But then really think about it. It will bring great joy to your heart!