The Fuel for Happiness

Sunday Afternoon Musings

I’m trying to reread every C.S. Lewis book* on my shelf this year and in the process, create indeces for all the ones that don’t have them. Today, I am plowing through Mere Christianity and I ran across this gem. 

“God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on gasoline, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

As I have written in other places, God loves us and if He, the greatest being in the universe, wants to bless us, the greatest gift He can give us is Himself. This is precisely what the gospel says He did, He does, and will do for all eternity.

* so far this year:

By the way, this went into the index as “Man, made to run on God          p. 54”


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