Friday, June 16, 2006

The Struggle to Make God our First Pleasure

Augustine perfectly states the constant struggle of my own heart:

"I was astonished that although I now loved you . . . I did not persist
in enjoyment of my God. Your beauty drew me to you, but soon I
was dragged away from you by my own weight and in dismay I
plunged again into the things of this world . . . as though I had sensed
the fragrance of the fare but was not yet able to eat it"

Taken from: Augustine, Confessions, trans. R. S. Pine-Coffin (New York: Penguin, 1961), 152 (VII.17); quoted from John Piper, When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2004), 14; found at

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