Question from a Dying Mom

A few weeks ago, I began reading Jack: A Biography of C.S. Lewis, by George Sayer. It’s very interesting to learn about the life of one of the world’s most beloved writers (and one of my personal favorites). As with all of us, Jack was a product of his ancestors and his environment. The things he loved and hated were shaped by his childhood and education.

C.S. Lewis ("Jack") and his brother, Warren ("Warnie")

C.S. Lewis (“Jack”) and his brother, Warren (“Warnie”) // Credit: Into the Wardrobe

For me, it’s very intriguing to trace how real people and real events in Jack’s young life were reflected in his great works such as The Chronicles of Narnia, The Space Trilogy, and Till We Have Faces. If you’re a C.S. Lewis fan, I definitely recommend Sayer’s work.

One part of the story I especially enjoyed was reading about Jack’s family. Unfortunately, Jack’s mother, Flora, fell sick and died when he was young. As she lay on her deathbed, Jack’s father, Albert, sat with her and tried to comfort her.

In the middle of the night of August 21, [Albert] spoke to her of the goodness of God.

Like a flash she said, “What have we done for Him?” Words that he prayed he would never forget.

In life, there are things we do that don’t matter at all, there are things we do that matter for a period of time, and there are things we do that matter for eternity.

The Bible tells us that we are “fellow labourers with God.” The work we do for Him is work that will matter for eternity.

Do stuff that matters.

Make your life count.