C.S. Lewis, a Bully, and Ham Sandwiches

C.S. Lewis, a Bully, and Ham Sandwiches

A friend of mine told me recently that her daughter is being bullied for the most ridiculous thing. She told her mom, “I just want cold ham sandwiches from now on in my lunch. People are making fun of me because I have hot food for lunch.” I laughed when I heard that.

That poor kid who is harassing her simply doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. His mom has been throwing him cold ham sandwiches. He has probably even started to like them. But he just doesn’t know how much better warm lasagna tastes. It got me thinking: How often do I surrender to peer pressure to live a certain way from folks who just don’t know there is something way better out there?

We live in a broken world that, in spite of it’s failure to bring peace and unity, is constantly pressuring us to conform to a way of living that is really quite pathetic. The pressure tries to convince us that all the cool kids do things a certain way – look out for number one, get what you want now, get revenge, etc. The sad thing is, we surrender to the pressure and end up settling for far less than what God offers.

C.S. Lewis described it this way:

We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered 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.

How often do we settle for ham sandwiches because that’s what this broken world is pushing? When instead we could be enjoying hot lasagna prepared by a loving parent. Our broken world just doesn’t get the joy that comes with turning the other cheek, living with open hands, and choosing humility.

Now more than ever we need people with the courage to stand up to the pressure from folks who don’t know what’s truly best, and instead trust Jesus’ words. He was an outsider who came to convince us that there is some serious life and freedom when we walk his path. He knows – he lived it and proved it. Don’t let the world convince you to settle for cold ham sandwiches. Embrace the feast that is the life of walking by Jesus’ path.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2