Desiring God is offering a free download of one of John Piper’s oldest books entitled Love You Enemies. Since my goal for this year was a greater heart of love towards others, I was excited to see this offered. Enjoy!
The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret. ~ Nido Qubein
This was the quote I read yesterday on the wall of the gym I go to. Definitely an inspiring word for not only a workout, but life in general. But after my workout as I was mulling it over in my mind, I realized that for most human beings, it doesn’t go far ENOUGH. We don’t want to just avoid pain, we want joy as well.
That is why the teachings of John Piper, specifically his term “Christian Hedonism” (the idea that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him) has been so powerful in my life. It is not an idea he made up, but something he found over and and over again that Jesus calls us to in the Bible. For example, in Matthew 16:25 Jesus says:
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Often, as Christians we focus on the “giving up” part. And don’t misunderstand me, there is a huge counting of the cost in Christianity. But it is not without reward. Jesus is always pointing us to the rewards along with the rules/limits/costs. He understood that as human beings we are driven by delight and not merely duty.
So today I would encourage you to look at an area of life that may be a struggle, think about what promises/rewards/blessings/benefits the Bible promises when you are obedient in those areas, memorize a pertaining Scripture and pray God would do a work of grace in you to trust in Him in that area of your life.
Have a great Tuesday!
I wanted to recommend the God’s Design for Sex series as really helpful tools to have around the house. We have chosen not to go with “the talk” when it comes to sex but to try and honestly answer the kids questions as they come up. For the most part, up until the past year, Abby’s questions had been pretty simple and she didn’t dig any further. But once she did, I explained sex pretty simply to her. To have the first two books around was a great way for us to continue to share and help answer additional questions she may have. Elijah has listened in and understood. And Naomi has also listened, but didn’t seem to be too interested in the topic. As I said, right now we own the first two books, but in the next few months, we will purchase the third as something for Abby to read with either Joe or me. If you have any other suggestions on good books for children that deal with sex from a God-centered perspective, please leave your ideas in the comments section.
Joe had sent me the link for this book awhile ago and I had added it to our Amazon cart the next time I was going to make a purchase. As I read the title (How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps) I thought it would be PERFECT for our oldest daughter Abby. She is not the cleanest of the bunch, and partly that is because she my true pack rat. I have really been praying about being understanding about how her need to keep raggedy old stuffed animals dolls is not sin, but just different from the way I operate. And how I need to be understanding that in many ways her way of holding onto things is a way to keep some semblance of control due to our changing lifestyle. That is a heart issue to deal with, but the actual keeping of a lot of things isn’t necessarily wrong.
So anyway, I made an Amazon order and was very excited to receive this book. I opened it up, thinking it would be a great way to get her to clean her room without me bugging her about it. Low and behold I found it was a spoof from a child’s perspective about how to clean your room. And it was hilarious! I read it through to the kids the first time and we just laughed and laughed. Abby and I would look at one another at certain points that sounded so much like her and just giggle.
And it was actually better than getting a step-by-step book on how to clean your room. The power of humor helped me to step back and realize a messy room isn’t the end of the world. And helped her as well to see how ridiculous she may sound at times (for example, the mom asks the little girl about getting rid of a ratty old stuffed animal at which point the girl cries proclaiming it as her most favorite thing in the whole wide world and then tosses it on her heap of other stuffed animals when her mom leaves the room). So if you live with a child who is a little on the messier side, this book is a fun way to view the “problem” at hand.
How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps by Jennifer Larue Huget