When you were in school and growing up, did your teachers ever give you “challenge” work? It was a job that was a grade or two higher than where you were at the time. Of course, the goal was to expand your abilities and skills to make you grow and reach higher.

It happened to me, but it was voluntary. When I married my wife Janis, she had a pretty good library, and I took advantage of that. One of the books she owned was called “A Year with C.S. Lewis – Daily Readings of His Classical Works”. While I had heard of CS Lewis, I knew nothing about it and had never read any of his work.

Well, I’m here to tell you that CS Lewis was an intellectual giant and way above anything I’ve ever done. Here is what is written on the jacket developed by the publisher, Clive Staples. “(CS) Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his time.

He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at the University of Oxford until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at the University of Cambridge. He has written over 30 books, enabling him to reach a wide audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of readers each year. His most distinguished and popular achievements include: ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, ‘Out of the Silent Planet’, ‘The Four Loves’, ‘The Screwtape Letters’ and ‘Mere Christianity’. »

The book I referred to earlier was produced by the publisher taking from all his works to produce a daily devotional with 365 entries. The first time, it was difficult for me to understand much of what he wrote. This time I understand better and look forward to the years to come.

On March 2, the article is titled “The Moral Dilemma” and I will share some of the work of the late CS Lewis. “Morality then seems to be concerned with three things. First, fair play and harmony among individuals. Second, what might be called the ordering or harmonizing of things within each individual. Third, the general purpose of human life as a whole, what man was made for: what course the whole fleet should be on; what tune the conductor wants it to play.

“Almost everyone at all times has agreed (in theory) that human beings should be honest, kind and helpful to one another. But if it’s natural to start with all of this, if our thinking about morality s stop there, we might as well well not think about it at all. Unless we move on to the second thing – the tidiness inside every human being – we’re just fooling ourselves.

And skipping to the last paragraph: “You cannot make good men by law: and without good men you cannot have good ones.”

And that, my friends, is our moral dilemma. So what does it take to have good men?