Life’s Most Important Advice


We all have influence of some kind and whatever your sphere of influence there are times that you need to pass on some wisdom about life, the universe and everything. (The answer is not as easy as 42.)

If you had to pass on just one piece of ‘life advice’ to someone else, what would you say?

In his recent book, C. S. Lewis – A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet, Alister McGrath highlights the influence that Anglican minister, Father Walter Adams, had on Lewis. He says that although we know virtually nothing of their conversations, C.S. Lewis had stated that Adams was his only real confessor.

Adams had apparently emphasised one piece of advice to Lewis:

“Have patience with God, with your neighbour and oneself.”

Fifty years after his death, C. S. Lewis continues to inspire and fascinate millions. His legacy remains varied and vast. He was a towering intellectual figure, a popular fiction author who inspired a global movie franchise around the world of Narnia, and an atheist-turned-Christian thinker.

In C.S. Lewis—A Life, Alister McGrath, prolific author and respected professor at King’s College of London, paints a definitive portrait of the life of C. S. Lewis. After thoroughly examining recently published Lewis correspondence, Alister challenges some of the previously held beliefs about the exact timing of Lewis’s shift from atheism to theism and then to Christianity. He paints a portrait of an eccentric thinker who became an inspiring, though reluctant, prophet for our times.

My regular Wednesday morning guest on 98five Sonshine FM is Rev Dr Ross Clifford who is the Principal of Morling College in New South Wales. Each week we chat about a range of issues relating to spirituality and belief.

This week we discussed the idea of patience with God, our neighbours and ourselves. How different would our lives look if we practiced that piece of advice?

You can listen to our conversation by clicking the play button on the audio player below.

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About the author

Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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