Ps.27:4 – One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD
And to meditate in His temple.

I learned a new word today from C.S. Lewis. That word is monomaniac. A monomaniac is a person exhibiting an exaggerated or obsessive enthusiasm for or preoccupation with one thing. I think that has been what much of our world, especially the media and politicians, have done with Covid over the last two years. It seems when Covid starts to die down someone tries to pump life into it like Inspector Clouseau’s fake parrot. Obviously Covid is real but nothing is worth living our whole life for except one thing (if you read today’s verse you know what that one thing is). Monomaniacs fixate on something at the expense of everything else. I don’t know about you but I have some other things I want to do and think about other than Covid. Here is how Lewis describes this dilemma.

“And every duty is a religious duty, and our obligation to perform every duty is therefore absolute. Thus we may have a duty to rescue a drowning man, and perhaps, if we live on a dangerous coast, to learn life-saving so as to be ready for any drowning man when he turns up. It may be our duty to lose our own lives in saving him. But if anyone devoted himself to life-saving in the sense of giving it his total attention–so that he thought and spoke of nothing else and demanded the cessation of all other human activities until everyone had learned to swim–he would be a monomaniac. The rescue of drowning men is, then, a duty worth dying for, but not worth living for. It seems to me that all political duties (among which I include military duties) are of this kind. A man may have to die for our country: but no man must, in any exclusive sense, live for his country. He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself.”

So let’s get on with life. Go to church, go for a walk, enjoy a bike ride, or just go out for a meal (just don’t ask to see my papers). Life is short, heaven and hell are real, Jesus is coming back, and church is vital (or should I say essential). So if I really think about it, I guess I am a monomaniac, its just my one thing is not a virus – He is the Creator and Savior of the world.

10 thoughts on “MONOMANIAC”

  1. I so understand! We live in a crazy world which focuses on so many distractions to our very existence and purpose! God is good, always, let’s focus on Him!

  2. Amen to that most definitely. A beautiful Amen indeed. All about JESUS 🙌 and Souls to pull in to the kingdom of God out of darkness!

  3. Great devo Ps Frank. I got a kick out the analogy of Inspector Cleauseau ( I’m a Pink Panther die hard fan).

  4. I am a monomaniac for Jesus. Read the “red”, pray for the power, and preach Jesus till my dying breathe, that is a life worth living.

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