What's in a Name?

Ecstasy (n)- 2. Excessive joy; rapture; a degree of delight that arrests the whole mind; joy may rise to ecstasy. (Websters 1828 Dictionary)
Doldrums (n)- A sate of inactivity or stagnation.(Dictionary.com)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Desiring God

I just love reading John Piper! He's intelligent, expresses himself well, doesn't beat around the bush, but has lots of grace and humility to temper it all.

I recently read his most popular book, Desiring God, and was deeply convicted and encouraged by it. He makes the bold statement that Christians should live a life of pleasure- hedonism. This may sound completely contradictory to the Bible, but it really isn't. If we look at the first question and answer in the catechism in this way, we can see what he means:

Q: What is man's chief end?
A: The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.

When we find our deepest joys and happiness in the Lord and learn to delight in Him (Psalm 37:4), He receives the most glory. Just as a wife and a husband find the most fulfillment in their marriage when they enjoy one another, not merely performing their duties, but cherishing each other.

I won't share many quotes, as I usually do when I've read a book, but I will end with this 0ne and STRONGLY recommend that you read this book:

"We have accustomed ourselves to such meager, short-lived pleasures that our capacity for joy has shriveled. And so our worship has shriveled."

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