Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Steak in the morning

I've been slowly creeping my way through Piper's "Don't Waste Your Life" and feel like I have stumbled apon treasure. Writing something always helps dig it a little further down into my heart so I thought I would post a few of my favorite quotes so far and maybe they'll encourage you as well. Get your knife and fork ready!

God created me -- and you -- to live with a single, all-embracing, all-transforming passion -- namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. Enjoying and displaying are both crucial. If we try to display the excellence of God without joy in it, we will display a shell of hypocrisy and scorn and legalism. But if we claim to enjoy his excellence and do not display it for others to see and admire, we deceive ourselves, because the mark of God-enthralled joy is to overflow and expand by extending itself into the hearts of others. The wasted life is the life without passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all people.
We were made to see and savor God -- and savoring him,
to be supremely satisfied, and thus spread in all the world
the worth of his presence. Not to show people the
all-satisfying God is not to love them.
To make them feel good about themselves when they were
made to feel good about seeing God is like taking someone
to the Alps and locking them in a room full of mirrors.
The really wonderful moments of joy in this world
are not the moments of self-satisfaction, but
self-forgetfulness.

We waste our lives when we do not pray and think and dream and plan and work toward magnifying God in all spheres of life. God created us for this: to live our lives in a way that makes him look more like the greatness and the beauty and the infinite worth that he really is. In the night sky of this world, God appears to most people, if at all, like a pinprick of light in a heaven of darkness. But he created us and called us to make him look like what he really is.


1 comments:

Kelly said...

I love that quote about locking someone in a room of mirrors when they're visiting the Alps. So true!!

Glad you're enjoying it!!

PS If I'm feeling better, I would LOVE to run with you.

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