Paul's point, contrast in Romans is my thoughts are fitting comfortably into the pattern of the world or changed by renewal--one of the other. Lewis paints a picture of how that quilt of conformity is stitched together, though "small sins."
What is a small sin?
If sin is anything that is independent of God, any separation from Christ (which Scripture points to is embracing "the world"), than what are the small sins: cards in Lewis' world.
In considering the immediate past, I came up with three categories--a pattern--that I fall (jump?) into.
1. Careless words
2. Worthless reading/TV consumption
3. Selfish Posture
- I do not think before I speak. Pray and pursue the pause button. Use words to make relationships better/stronger.
- Worthless reading/TV consumption--garbage in. I underestimate the influence of exposing my mind to trash. I must seek out entertainment that has some value I can point to--distraction and boredom are not enough.
- Selfish Posture: how do I feel, what is my conclusion, I am right. Me as a theme. I need not be my first consideration. Intentionally think about others, and not, "what are they thinking?"
In thinking through this, its obvious to me how the small sins add up to a destructive conformity--why, because it is comfortable to continue on that path without feeling its cost.
Looking at this, I am starting to see the cost and the great gift, the valuable gift of a renewed mind.