The Real Test

“Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper.” (And for the sake of making a point, suppose it regards a politician you dislike!)  “Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out.  Is one’s first feeling, ‘Thank God, even they aren’t quite so bad as that,’ or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies as bad as possible?  If it is the second then it is, I’m afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into little devils.  You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker.  If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black.  Finally, we shall insist on seeing everything – God and our friends and ourselves included – as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed forever in a universe of pure hatred.”

C.S Lewis, from Mere Christianity

Lewis’ brilliant point seems especially fitting in today’s polarized America.  I certainly had to stop and repent when I read it yesterday.

Only six more days before I return to Maryland and unpack my bags.  Since my last update I’ve had a splendid journey that’s reunited me with friends in Bosnia and Croatia, teaching at YWAM, Lausanne, (Switzerland), and then high in the Rockies above Denver in a School of Worship.  This week I’ll teach in a Discipleship Training School in Arvada, Colorada.  The trip has been full of grace and sweet surprises at every step along the way.  (And I never lost any luggage!)

Some of you will remember a year or so ago when I wrote about Nick Vujicic, the young Aussie who was born with no arms and legs.  He remains one of my heroes, and I hope to meet him one day.  But in the meantime, a friend just forwarded this extraordinary 20 minute film, The Butterfly Circus, that features Nick as the lead.  Grab some tissues before you watch, and be prepared to feel a WHOLE lot better about life at the end of the film.

4 thoughts on “The Real Test”

  1. Hey Don – LOVE THIS FILM! My friends Joshua & Rebekah Weigel Produced & wrote the Butterfly Circus movie – Joshua was also the Director 🙂 They use to be in my Home group here in Hollywood – Wonderful family! 🙂 Pray for them as they are hoping to make this film into a Feature Length film.


  2. Exquisite film, and an another reminder that God makes no mistakes and no junk. If we give who we are and what we have to Him, His Word promises that “He is able to do exceeding abundantly, above all we ask or think!” He is a faithful Father!


  3. Don- Still being nourished, challenged and blessed by your blog.Just back from a weekend w/Kershaw family and have discovered that I am feeling stronger than I have for about the past six years. I am living among dear brothers and sisters who are in this difficulty in perception.A good place to keep me honest about my attitudes ! So I thank ABBA for the fresh air the blog brings me. Love and smiles


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