If there lurks in the most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is not part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, 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 to 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
How often is this portion of The Weight of Glory quoted with the first sentence conspicuously missing? We do a great disservice to God when we down play earthly enjoyment. We act embarrassed as if the Enemy, not the Father of Lights, created pleasure. In His unbounded grace, God gives bits of wonder and pleasure for us here because He loves us here, not just in heaven. Instead of sending thank you notes, we send out disclaimers, making all fruit forbidden.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights… ~ James 1:17
Here, and in the hereafter, God takes great delight in gift giving. The problem with mud pies is this: when we first start making them, we know they’re just pretend. But if we continue on, we start to confuse them for the real thing and begin to believe our make-believe is enough to sustain us. We lose our taste for the real thing. Maybe it’s time to write thank you notes for our daily pleasures and pack for a real holiday at the sea!