Rats in The Cellar?

March 31, 2009 at 10:55 am (Uncategorized)

Last night I pulled out my CS Lewis collection and was leafing through Mere Christianity.  I love CS Lewis!  Anyway, as usual, he smacked me around. (You would be amazed at how many authors God uses to smack this goofy little preacher around.)

In chapter 7, Lewis talks about putting on Christ, and becoming more like Him until that is completely who we are.  He uses a personal illustration to show how often we fail to be like Him.  He said that at the end of the day as he reflects on where he has sinned that day, (most of don’t, yikes!) most of the time his failings involve sneering, snapping, or snubbing someone in the heat of the moment. (I am so with him there!!)

He goes on to mention that the excuse that often comes to mind is that he was caught off guard! He didn’t have time to collect himself and choose his words carefully.  But then he notes that “surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is!” (DANG! Read that line again!)

He illustrates it this way:

“If there are rats in a cellar you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness of the provocation does not make me an ill-tempered man; it only shows me what an ill-tempered man I am.  The rats are always there in the cellar, but if you go in shouting and noisily they will have taken cover before you switch the light on!”

So, what rats are in your cellar?



  1. Sean McCarthy said,

    stupid rats in my cellar! i’m infested! good post

  2. Tara Widener said,

    Great post. I’m infested with rats too.

  3. Chris Reynolds said,

    Thanks for this! Helpful measuring stick.

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