Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow concerns of life aren’t ordained by God. Shallow things belong to God as much as profound things. If you refuse to be shallow, it isn’t because you’re more devoted to God than others; it’s because you want to impress them with how deep you are, a sure sign that you’re a spiritual snob. If this is the case, watch out: snobbery and contempt will make you go around like a walking rebuke, chastising others because you think they’re more shallow than you. Beware of posing as a profound person; God became a baby.

Being shallow isn’t a sign of being wicked. Nor is shallowness a sign that there are no depths; the ocean has a shore. The simple, shallow delights of life—eating and drinking, walking and talking—are all ordained by God. Our Lord lived in the shallows. He lived in them as the Son of God, and he said, “The student is not above the teacher” (Luke 6:40).

Our safeguard is in the shallow things. We have to live the surface, commonplace life in a commonsense way. Deeper concerns do come, but they come separately; God gives them to us apart from the shallow concerns. Never show the depths to anyone but God. We are so abominably serious, so desperately interested in our own characters, that we refuse to behave like Christians in the simple concerns of life.

Take no one seriously except for God—especially not yourself. You’ll find that the first person you need to leave severely alone, for being the greatest fraud you’ve ever encountered, is you.

Wisdom from Oswald

It is an easy thing to argue from precedent because it makes everything simple, but it is a risky thing to do. Give God “elbow room”; let Him come into His universe as He pleases. If we confine God in His working to religious people or to certain ways, we place ourselves on an equality with God.  Baffled to Fight Better, 51 L