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Edmund was healed and “could look you in the face” /

[Lucy] found [Edmund] standing on his feet and not only healed of his wounds but looking better than she had seen him look — oh, for ages; in fact ever since his first term at that horrid school which was where he had begun to go wrong. He had become his real old self again and could look you in the face. And there on the field of battle Aslan made him a knight.

—C.S. Lewis, “The Hunting of the White Stag,” The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Edmund had been on the wrong side, but Aslan rescued and healed him. Lewis wrote that he “could look you in the face.” A mark of health.

The entire list of Clyde Kilby’s resolutions was captivating in its scope. Today, I was particularly struck by no. 5.

That night Dr. Kilby had a pastoral heart and a poet’s eye. He pled with us to stop seeking mental health in the mirror of self-analysis, but instead to drink in the remedies of God in nature. He was not naïve. He knew of sin. He knew of the necessity of redemption in Christ. But he would have said that Christ purchased new eyes for us as well as new hearts. His plea was that we stop being unamazed by the strange glory of ordinary things. He ended that lecture in 1976 with a list of resolutions. As a tribute to my teacher and a blessing to your soul, I offer them for your joy. …

5. I shall not demean my own uniqueness by envy of others. I shall stop boring into myself to discover what psychological or social categories I might belong to. Mostly I shall simply forget about myself and do my work.

John Piper, “10 Resolutions for Mental Health,” Desiring God (Dec 31, 2007)