Amy Rees Anderson

To A Footstool A Chair Is Everything

Every Sunday our family has a tradition that as we sit around the kitchen table for dinner together we always go around the table and each take a turn sharing something that touched us in church that day. Then we discuss the thoughts shared.  This tradition is something we value tremendously because it’s a time when we block out every other distraction and really talk about meaningful things together as a family and we always grow from hearing one another’s thoughts.

Last Sunday as we went around the table my son shared an analogy about how a footstool isn’t necessary to a chair, but to a footstool the chair is everything. He explained that God is the chair and we are the footstool. It is we who are reliant on God, not the other way around. What a great analogy! It reminded me of a quote from my favorite author, C.S. Lewis from his book Mere Christianity that states:

“God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there.” 

Can you see why I love our family Sunday tradition?! It does so much to help me stay grounded each week because it always reminds me that the best way to be truly happy in life is to keep ourselves spiritually in tune at all times.

~Amy Rees Anderson (author of the newly released book “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel in Business & Life” )

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