Sunday, June 6, 2010

Oh happiness.

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.
Not from God, but 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 that we try to abandon the pursuit of our own pleasure,
we fail to honor God and love people. Or, to put it positively:
The pursuit of pleasure is a necessary part of all worship and
virtue. That is:

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

-From Desiring God by John Piper

1 comment:

  1. I bought the book "When I don't desire God" by Piper. I haven't started reading it yet. I hope all is well in the Bahamas! I miss you already, do you have an address I cant write you to? ps- read my last blog post. It is something I would have told you in person anyways.