Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Dilemma Of Desire
We cling to what we think will bring us happiness or satisfaction, success or intimacy- and while many times these things to which we cling are not bad in themselves, when we place them in front of God and insist on paradise in this life, it creates all sorts of problems.
We bow down and worship that which is beneath our dignity. For what? Fear of loss, fear that our Father will not come through for us, fear that if we want happiness we better provide it for ourselves.
As the Big Book states--we hope to wrest some satisfaction out of life by managing life well.
It doesn't quite work like that- for we were made for higher things.
I am reading a book by John Eldredge at this time entitled "The Journey of Desire". I do not know Mr. Eldredge and I am pretty certain he will never read this blog but if I could say one thing to him I would say, "MR. ELDREDGE!!! Your book on desire is kicking my posterior along the sands in the desert of Lent. For real, you are rocking my world. This book is so necessary but is piercing my soul. Its life-giving and death dealing at the same time. Thank you."