Like reading? I do. Unfortunately, I gave up several years of great literature to only read “how-to” books. (Balance, people.) Here’s a rich summer reading assignment straight from the pen of C.S. Lewis and the furry muzzle of King Aslan:
“The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.”
And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” ~ Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle, p. 228
Want an adventure? Consider heaven. (Have you ever?) Put yourself in the context of the Great Story. What will it be like? Colossians 3:1-2 says: Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God, set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
One of our pastors (Dan DeMey) recently expounded on this theme, explaining that the Greek word “to set” comes from Phroneo: ” To exercise/Entertain/Interest oneself in/set affection on”. Exercise and entertain your brain (meditate) on this. Eternal life begins here. Live the story NOW!