It was C.S. Lewis who famously observed, “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.”
I agree with Lewis, but I also know many people who’d say the pleasure has long worn off. To be sure, many of us seek fulfillment outside of Christ, and like Lewis notes, we may even feel temporarily satisfied. But when the dust settles and the novelty of our idols wears off, many of us are left craving more.
Something tells us there’s more to life than the daily grind. There’s more to our faith than a Sunday sermon and the occasional quiet time. There’s more to our few years on earth than mere existence.
Tammie Head speaks to this topic in her book titled More. By weaving stories from her own life together with scriptural principles, she offers an accessible roadmap to the “more” we so desperately want.
The book’s main contention is that we were created for more than what we actually experience – more joy, more freedom, more satisfaction, more of God. Along with Lewis, Head points out that we are partially to blame for our failure to enjoy these gifts. She says, “We focus on ourselves, we focus on our problems, we focus on our pasts, we focus on our fears, we focus on our failures, we focus, focus, focus, on everything but Christ.”
She also acknowledges that, while our thirst for more can be quenched in part here and now, our craving will be satisfied finally and fully when we see Jesus face to face.
My favorite line of the book eloquently captures this tension of craving more of God while knowing our understanding of Him is limited this side of Heaven. Head writes, “All of eternity is a celebration of how we knew things should have been.”
More of anything other than God will never be quite enough. Or to borrow Head’s words, “God, three-in-One, He is the prize.”
B&H Publishing Group provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive additional compensation for this post.