Criticism Like God's
A Good Critic should be like God in the great saying of a Scottish mystic. George MacDonald said that God was easy to please and hart to satisfy. That paradox is the poise of all good artistic appreciation.
Fancies Versus FadsSOMETHING PLEASING, SELDOM PERFECT
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.Hebrews 13:16Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.Matthew 5:48PRAYER
Heavenly Father, we know we can always do more to please you. Help us to see this fact as a cause for celebration, a reason to delight in the work you give us; may we not be pressed down by our responsibilities but be lifed up by them, for in doin your will we draw closer to you, close to joy.
Are you familiar with George MacDonald, the writer mentioned in today's passage by Chesterton? MacDonald was a great influence on Chesterton and many other Christian writers, including C. L. Lewis and J. R.R. Tolkien. If you are on the Internet today, look up a brief biography of George MacDonald. If your interest is Piqued, but or borrow one of his many books.
(Lent and Easter, Wisdom from G. K. Chesterton, Compilation, Prayers and Actions by Thom Satterlee and Robert Moore-Jumonville)