And as he walked and sang, the valley grew green with grass. It spread out from the Lion like a pool. It ran up the sides of the little hills like a wave. – C.S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew
Reading for pure enjoyment is definitely a great reason, but whether we realize it or not every book we read changes us. New knowledge, experiences and lessons refuse to close the cover to the same person who opened the book.
This is why it's imperative that we provide for our children books that will improve their character. Experiences that will make them richer, lessons that will make them better humans and servants of Christ.
The Chronicles of Narnia are great examples of books with life changing lessons. Our family has enjoyed them from the 4 year old all the way up to our grandparents! Here are
7 Life Lessons from the Lion of Narnia
1. Joy is only found in the Lord
“Length of days with an evil heart is only length of misery and already she begins to know it. All get what they want; they do not always like it.” – Alsan, The Magician's Nephew
The witch has disregarded the instructions to enter in at the gate of the garden, she's climbed over the wall and stolen the fruit that will give her length of days. Aslan explains that a joy-filled life is found in the Lord and in following his instructions.
2. God is big enough for our problems at any age
“Aslan,” said Lucy, “you're bigger.”
“That is because you are bigger, little one” answered He.
“Not because you are?”
“I am not, but every year you grow, you will find me bigger.” – Prince Caspian
God is omnipotent, he holds ALL power. He is bigger than any problem we will have at any age. Big enough to guide and protect, instruct, forgive, love. We will never outgrow God.
3. When we let the world distract us, it will be harder to see Him and follow Him.
“If you go back to the others now, and wake them up; and tell them you have seen me again; and that you must all get up at once and follow me—what will happen? There is only one way of finding out.”
“Do you mean that is what you want me to do?” gasped Lucy.
“Yes, little one,” said Aslan.” – Prince Caspian
Peter, Edmund and Susan can't see the Lion because they're distracted with other concerns (being the best King, practicing with their weapon, etc.) And consequentially, they are leading the whole group down the wrong path. Lucy is on the lookout for Aslan, and does see him.
4. We must follow him regardless of whether our companions do
“Will the others see you too?” asked Lucy.
“Certainly not at first,” said Aslan. “Later on, it depends.”
“But they won’t believe me!” said Lucy.
“It doesn’t matter,” said Aslan.” – Prince Caspian
Their conversation (from #3) continues as Aslan assures Lucy that he wants her to follow him even if the others do not. God wants us to follow him as well, even if those around us are not.
5. Embrace the you God made you
“You doubt your value. Don't run from who you are.”- Prince Caspian
“When I grow up, I want to be just like you.” said Gael
“When you grow up, you should be just like you.” responded Lucy
– Voyage of the Dawn Treader
In both of these conversations we're reminded that we are uniquely and wonderfully made. It is futile trying to be anyone else. God made you who you are fora reason. Don't run from it!
6. It is not ours to question the command or guess what will happen. We must trust God enough to obey.
“You see, Aslan didn't tell Jill what would happen. He only told her what to do. That fellow will be the death of us once he's up, I shouldn't wonder. But that doesn't let us off following the signs.” – Puddleglum, The Silver Chair
Often the Lord asks us to do things we don't understand, or can't envision the results of. We must trust him. Trust and obey. He is our omniscient (all-knowing) and omnibenevelent (all-good) God.
7. This world is not our home
“I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it til now.” – The Last Battle
That wanderlust we have, that thing that keeps us searching for more, that feeling we don't quite belong as Christians in this world, it's because we don't. Our true home is heaven, and it's waiting for us when we finish our God-given tasks on earth.
And many more
And I didn't even touch the best known The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, or the least known, The Horse and His Boy! There are so many more lessons we can learn in the Chronicles of Narnia books! Each and every chapter holds new treasures to uncover. I hope that you'll delve in and keep a little journal of what you learn as you read them or better yet, get the dramatized audio cds and listen while you read!
Come further up, come further in!”
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