It wasn't what you'd expect though - how to follow Jesus despite the pressures of busyness, family, work, society, materialism etc. It was about a desire we all have, and which, if left unchecked will keep on motivating us all our lives. That is, the desire to be accepted by the 'inner circle'. It is that 'inner circle' which is always just out of our reach and which, if we do gain acceptance, we are quickly tired of and start looking for the next. It's this constant yearning to be accepted, and a constant discontent with our present circumstances which C.S. Lewis describes as the desire for the 'inner ring':
My main purpose... is simply to convince you that this desire is one of the great permanent mainsprings of human action. It is one of the factors which go to make up the world as we know it - this whole pell-mell of struggle, competition, confusion, graft, disappointment, and advertisement, and if it is one of the permanent mainsprings then you may be quite sure of this. Unless you take measures to prevent it, this desire is going to be one of the cheif motives of your life, from the first day on which you enter your profession, until they day you are too old to care. That will be the natural thing - the life that will come to you of its own accord. Any other kind of life, if you lead it, will be the result of conscious and continuous effort. If you do nothing about it, if you drift with the stream, you will in fact be an 'inner-ringer.' I don't say you'll be a successful one; that's as may be. But whether by pining and moping outside rings that you can never enter, or by passing triumphantly further and further in - one way or the other you will be that kind of man. I have already made it fairly clear that I think it better for you not to be that kind of man.C.S. Lewis "The Inner Ring" - Essay Collection
I can see it in myself. I can also see how it is contrary to the heart of the gospel where we find true acceptance and belonging. Christians are now 'in Christ' and, as Paul says in Romans 8:39
"Neither height nor depth, not anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord"
I wasn't surprised that after hearing that great seminar at Moore Women, a few weeks later we were given a series of articles to read for one of our classes. The very same message was there, in print, so that I could read it slowly and wrap my head around it. Much harder now, is putting it into practice!
*Moore Women is a weekly meeting for women at college and wives of students. Normally there will be a talk or a seminar and an awesome supper. Often lecturers will come in and give talks on material they've been working on recently or a topic on which they're a bit of an expert. It's great stuff, and awesome that college caters for wives of students with this and other activities.