Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.
GRYFFINDOR: “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it. A dead dog can be lifted on the leaping water with all the swiftness of a leaping hound; but only a live dog can swim backwards. A paper boat can ride the rising deluge with all the airy arrogance of a fairy ship; but if the fairy ship sails upstream it is really rowed by the fairies.” -GK Chesterton (The Everlasting Man)
If I am asked, as a purely intellectual question, why I believe in Christianity, I can only answer, “For the same reason that an intelligent agnostic disbelieves in Christianity.” I believe in it quite rationally upon the evidence.
Ok so I came across the GK quote of “The supreme adventure is being born” and it made me think about all these people who complain about how boring life is, yet they are too timid or against the faith to truly live out their faith courageously. Or, they fail to see the adventure of living and interacting with others in a normal life.
And like, dude
following God is our adventure
our own fantasy novel made reality
Our life is meant to be saturated with prayers to the Creator of the Universe and helped by His Mother, the Angels, and the Saints in Heaven, a literal world filled with beings existing beyond our worldly understanding.
We fight against powerful demons with humility and peace and prayer and by being vulnerable to God, they fight over even the most unseeming of people because that is how much our souls are worth.
This IS our supreme adventure
We CAN live the life people fantasize about, it’s just that people see it as something that it isn’t, so they miss out on their adventures toward heaven
Like yeah life is boring sometimes, trust me I know (bored housewife in a boring town filled with boring people!!!! My life!!!). And people also have real limits to what they can do at a certain time because of their circumstances. Some may even have limitations for their entire lives due to an illness or disease or something like that, and their daily routine is so much more humble than we envision adventures.
That patience, that suffering, is part of the adventure. Adventures aren’t always our idea of exhilarating or exciting because there will always be a storm or lull. But that is part of the adventure. Even those saints who lived “boring” lives by choice were adventuring because they knew God gave them their own adventure! They knew how powerful a tool they were in God’s great plan!
I wonder if this is how so many of the saints managed their crosses as they lived for God. They were hyper aware of the reality of their cosmos, of Who was calling them and of how the world would try to stop them, whether they lived exciting lives or humble ones. Their suffering was just a part of the journey, and only brought them closer to the One who blessed them with the supreme adventure of being born at all.