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C S Lewis on Vocation

July 4, 2010

The following quotes are attributable to Clives Staples Lewis, ( I really enjoy his frank terse style… much like Luther in these regards!)

The work of a Beethoven, and the work of a charwoman, become spiritual on precisely the same condition, that of being offered to God, of being done humbly “as to the Lord.” This does not, of course, mean that it is for anyone a mere toss-up whether he should sweep rooms or compose symphonies. A mole must dig to the glory of God and a cock must crow”

“Every disability conceals a vocation, if only we can find it, which will turn the necessity to glorious gain”

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations–these are mortal…But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit.”

“Christianity is the story of how the rightful King has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.”

For more information on the historical view of vocation and how careeer, calling and profession inter-relate take a peek at Professionals: Men and Women Partnering with the Trinity in Everyday Life.

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