There’s an overlooked small group insight that CS Lewis desperately wants us to get. The Chronicles of Narnia has sold over 100 million copies in 47 different languages. The three films released by Disney have grossed over half a billion dollars. So yeah, I’m going to assume you know something about that. And there are lessons from Narnia to teach us small groups.
By far, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is the most popular of the seven novels. When you watch or read this story, I bet you are doing what the rest of us are doing. You pick a character you identify with the most. Or, should I say, which character you most want to be like.
Narnia Lessons for Small Group Leaders
It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, young or old, many of us want to be Lucy. She is the most optimistic, joyful, kind and courageous. For most of the story, she is the main character until Aslan arrives on the scene. She is the first to discover Narnia. She is more loving and sensitive towards Aslan. She is the most spiritually mature of the four Pevensie children.
Isn’t that what you wanna be? Spiritually sensitive and elderly people in your part of God’s family. One who immediately responds to the voice of God. The call of God. the order of God. After all, isn’t that why you are involved in the Small Group Network and the small groups within your community?
And then there is Susan. The one who always sticks her nose in other people’s business. Mother them and smother them. She is totally insensitive to everyone. She is the most cautious, the least adventurous. She is very apprehensive of the unknown. She is concerned about her own comfort and shows her selfishness, especially towards Lucy.
Lessons from Narnia – Lucy & Susan
As you reach out and connect with people about small groups, you quickly discern if it’s a Lucy or a Susan. Between Lucy and Susan, it’s a slam dunk to choose Lucy. Isn’t Lucy the one you want in your little band? You pray to God for more and more people like Lucy while ignoring people like Susan. You quickly dismiss all communications from Lucy’s guys while giving low priority to people like Susan.