Our lives get so busy. We get so preoccupied with our schedules, our families, and our recreation. We're often stressed, anxious, and unable to deal with the situations that we encounter every day. It's hard to see through the fog. Some of us have been overwhelmed for so long that we've forgotten what it's like to not feel panic.
Why is that?
It seems like we should have more tools than ever before to simplify our lives. But, our problem is fundamentally not that we live in the wrong era or that we don't have the right tools. We have the wrong focus. CS Lewis helps us:
“A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in': aim at earth and you will get neither.”
— C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity