Good things as well as bad, you know, are caught by a kind of infection.
If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet
you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you
must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort
of prize which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone. They are a
great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very centre of
reality. If you are close to it, the spray will wet you: if you are not, you
will remain dry. Once a man is united to God, how could he not live forever?
From Mere Christianity
Compiled in Words to Live By
Mere Christianity. Copyright © 1952, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed © 1980, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. Words to Live By: A Guide for the Merely Christian. Copyright © 2007 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.