From Ultimate Training Camp, 23rd Jan 2005
There is an introduction on wisdom and a quotation from Agatha Christie, that Miss Marple is a woman of great wisdom.
On the adjunct of suffering and prosperity of Proverbs, that these are the two great tests of the Christian life. To borrow an illustration from CS Lewis, they are like going down into your basement to discover if there are rats in your basement. These two reveal to us what is going on in our hearts.
Quote on a woman who had known famous people before they were famous:
“I pity celebrities, no I really do. Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Barbara Streisand were once perfectly pleasant human beings. But now their wrath is awful.
I think when God wants to play a really rotten practical joke on you, he grants you your deepest wish and then giggles merrily when you realise you want to kill yourself.
You see, Sly, Bruce and Barbara, wanted fame. They worked, they pushed. And the morning after they became famous they wanted to take an overdose. Because that giant thing they were striving for, that thing that was going to make everything okay, that was going to make their lives bearable, that was going to provide them with personal fulfillment and happiness, happened. And they were still them. The disillusionment turned them howling and miserable.”
32 mins – I am messed up but I am still loved. When I am messed up I can remind myself of the affirmation of the gospel. When I am doing well I can remind myself of the humility of the gospel.
39 mins – suffering and adversity will make you into something great. C.S. Lewis – to say to God, “Don’t let anything bad happen to me” is really another way of saying “Don’t love me.”
Also in there a really disturbing article from Jonathan Rauch called “Seeing round corners” from Atlantic Monthly, about the way that mobs behave in despicable ways because they fear no consequence from their action. This is here: http://www.theatlantic.com/past/issues/2002/04/rauch.htm
Talks about idolatry being revealed when a relationship breaks up and if we react in such a way that this is the end of all meaning and life, then this shows that this person had become your idol.
Always with Keller there is the hope we find in the gospel which as ever is the way through the conundrums of life, the twin pressures, the gospel always provides for us another way.