16 Jan 2009

On Desire

I have A LOT of reading to do... but thankfully much of it is very enjoyable.
This is from Piper's, Desiring God and really struck me again.

1. The longing to be happy is a universal human experience, and it is good, not sinful.
2. We should never try to deny or resist our longing to be happy, as though it were a bad impulse. Instead we should seek to intensify this longing and nourish it with whatever will provide the deepest and most enduring satisfaction.
3. The deepest and most enduring happiness is found only in God.
4. The happiness we find in God reaches its consummation when it is shared with others in the manifold ways of love.
5. To the extent we try to abandon the pursuit of our own pleaseure, we fail to honor God and love people. Or to put it positively: the pursuit of pleasure is a necessary part of all worhip and virutre. That is,

The chief end of man is to glorify God
enjoying him forever.

… Our Lord finds our desire not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. (CS. Lewis)

I think we delight to praise what we enjoy, because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment… (CS Lewis)