Breaking Reality

Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am” and fell into the trap of denying reality. The place to run to escape skepticism is not our own minds…but straight into a tree to remind ourselves that, whatever our fancy to the contrary, the real world outside our minds has been factually solid all along. The proper and natural treatment for those inclined to think themselves into a corner is not to go into a corner and think but to run out into the fields to grasp and be grasped by reality.” Descartes would have been better off to say, “I am, therefore I can think.” Our thinking depends on reality. Reality does not depend on our thinking.

Benjamin Wiker, paraphrashe

Francis Schaeffer on Service

‘Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him,” and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you.  For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”’
~Jesus, Luke 14:7-11

‘Jesus commands Christians to seek consciously the lowest room. All of us–pastors, teachers, professional religious workers and nonprofessional included-are tempted to say, “I will take the larger place because it will give me more influence for Jesus Christ.”…But according to the Scripture this is backwards: we should consciously take the lowest place unless the Lord Himself extrudes us into a greater one.’
~Francis Schaeffer, No Little People, p. 29