This excerpt is from Enjoying God by S. J. Hill:
The story is told of a desert nomad who awoke one night with an insatiable appetite. The nomad lit a candle and looked around his tent for something to eat. His eyes eventually focused on a bag of dates propped up in a corner. Being extremely hungry, he reached into the bag and pulled out a date. He took one bit and spit it out. Inside the date, he discovered a worm. But he was so hungry that he reached back into the bag, grabbed another date, and proceeded to bite into another worm. He even tried a third date, but all he got was a mouthful of worm. You would have thought he’d stop eating; instead, he blew out the candle and in the darkness of his tent ate the entire bag of dates.
Within every human being there’s an insatiable appetite for happiness and fulfillment. The desire is so strong that at times people will blow out the candle of their conscience, regardless of the “worms” or the consequences of their sin. Even though they know better, they choose to suffer the consequences just to experience a passing moment of pleasure.
It’s disturbing to me that Christians have been taught to suppress their deepest desires for pleasure and happiness. Over the years, I’ve heard minister emphatically declare that “God isn’t interested in whether or not we’re happy. All He cares about is that we glorify and serve Him.” I would agree that God’s glory should be the primary focus of our lives. But I would strongly suggest that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. In other words, the greatest way we can glorify the Father is by enjoying Him and finding our ultimate happiness in Him.
Any thought or comments? Please share them!
(Nicole, I know you will be interested in this!) I finally watched the newest version of Pride & Prejudice. You know how children try to scoot closer to the TV?! Well, that child was me tonight, literally! I wanted to be a part of the story. It was beautiful! I thought they did an excellent job. I love a great story!! =)
Also, I previously mentioned I was reading several books at once, which is not a norm for me. Well, I finished The Gifted by Terri Blackstock, which I highly recommend. It’s a small book, so it won’t take you very long to read. However, it is very powerful. I would like to quote the author concerning why she wrote this book, “I wanted to show what could happen if we each used our gifts as God intended. What might that look like in the church? And how would it change us to see God working through those gifts, using every part of the Body of Christ, to minister to a hurting world?”
Now to a totally different book topic…I finished Potty Training 1-2-3 by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo. Hopefully, it will give me some guidance during this interesting “season” with Abbye. (It’s a season, right Jami?!) I borrowed our Blessings Book Club book, Waking the Dead by John Eldredge, from Corinna this last Tuesday. Then I had it finish by Friday morning. It was rushed, but I had to finish it before book club, which was Friday morning at 10:00! It wasn’t a book that was easy to rush through. A good fiction book will draw you in, and you have to finish it. However, a nonfiction book, especially one like Waking the Dead, is so full of nuggets that need to be pondered. Instead I quickly jotted down page numbers so that I could go back later. I now can return to the book I started first, The Most Important Place on Earth by Robert Wolgemuth. However, our next book for book club, Enjoying God by S. J. Hill, should be arriving any day!
(Perhaps this year Matt will give me a certificate for a full day or two of being locked in my room with several books! I do love to read! And there are so many books that interest me…from fiction to nonfiction…from the classics to the newest!)