Saturday, January 29, 2011

Quote of the Week - may be only fidgets


I haven't kept up with my plan for a weekly quote, but it's a practice worth reviving, especially for those ever-more-frequent periods when I have nothing to say. Today, from C.S. Lewis:

“Don’t be too easily convinced that God really wants you to do all sorts of work you needn’t do. Each must do his duty ‘in that state of life to which God has called him.’ Remember that a belief in the virtues of doing for doing’s sake is characteristically feminine, characteristically American, and characteristically modern: so that three veils may divide you from the correct view! There can be intemperance in work just as in drink. What feels like zeal may be only fidgets or even the flattering of one’s self-importance. As MacDonald says, ‘In holy things may be unholy greed!’ And by doing what ‘one’s station and its duties’ does not demand, one can make oneself less fit for the duties it does demand and so commit some injustice. Just you give Mary a chance as well as Martha!”

C.S. Lewis, Letters to An American Lady

7 comments:

M.K. said...

What an interesting quote! Esp. his observation that this is a vice particular to modern American women. Hmm. I agree with him. I'm prone to this, but am trying to get away from the vice these days, as I'm not working full time. I also think we go throw seasons of lots-of-work in life, and then seasons of less-work. It's hard to be content in the less-work times. I think this is what I've needed to focus on. Thanks so much!

wayside wanderer said...

Good quote!

elizabeth said...

thanks; i love this book by CS Lewis... so much good advice and kindness...

Pom Pom said...

Oh, I like it! He was so wise. Just the other day, a friend said that she can't imagine herself not doing something after she retires. I just don't get it. What's SOMETHING? We over value busyness.

magsmcc said...

That state of life in which God has called.. Mattman chose the little Mary and Martha book tonight and read it quietly to himself.

Gigi said...

Love C. S. Lewis! A friend and I were having a conversation about this very thing recently -- how to find balance in that American drive to constantly be productive and living more slowly -- less frantically.

H West said...

Great quote. Makes me want to go and read some Lewis. . . or MacDonald for that matter. Thanks!