Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Don't Waste It

So I'm in the middle of reading John Piper's Don't Waste Your Life, and it is phenomenal. I have found myself both challenged and convicted to better use my life to honor and glorify Christ.

From the back of the book:

"Most people slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin. This book will warn you not to get caught up in a life that counts for nothing. It will challenge you to live and die boasting in the cross of Christ and making the glory of God your singular passion."

How easy it is for me to waste time on trivial diversions. I say this carefully, because I want to avoid slipping into the legalistic practice of avoiding anything that isn't "about God", analyzing to death whether or not each and every thought is "spiritual enough". I believe there is a time to relax...a time to watch TV...a time to laugh at the silly and mundane. My interest in those kinds of things, in and of themselves, are not what troubles me about myself. What troubles me is how easy it is for me to focus on the trivial and, in the process, forget God. I want to view ALL of life - the meaty and the meaningless - through His "lens". Make sense?

Anyway, if you read nothing else in this book, I encourage you to read chapter 7...Piper's thoughts on wartime/peacetime and the avoidance ethic are particularly challenging.

Good stuff!


At 7:49 AM, Blogger terryd said...

I'm gonna check this one out. I'm in the middle of the Piper book about (and containing the text of a book by) Jonathan Edwards. By the way, when you're at Bethlehem, could you p/u a copy of "Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ" (the red, inexpensive "give-away" book they're offering? I think I want to buy a case to give away, but I haven't seen it yet. I'm really enjoying the Piper stuff...

At 4:59 PM, Blogger Nikki said...

DWYL is a great book! I actually finished it. Much easier to digest than some of his other stuff.

I will take a look for that other book at Bethlehem this weekend.

Also, don't miss out on the ESV New Testaments for .50! There are TONS of them at NWB. They'd make great give-aways.


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