Please share your thoughts ( by clicking "Comment" tab) on things that stood out to you in the first chapter of "Don't Waste Your Life". Here are a couple things that stood out to me that I wanted to share in order to get our conversation moving along.
I really enjoyed hearing John Piper talk about the impact C.S. Lewis had on his life. How C.S. Lewis was able to bring "an intense sense of 'realness' of things." (pg. 18).
Piper went on to say this about Lewis,
"He helped me see what is there in the world--things that, if we didn't have, we would pay a million dollars to have, but having them, ignore. He made me more alive to beauty. He put my soul on notice that there are daily wonders that will waken worship if I open my eyes. He shook my dozing soul and threw the cold water of reality in my face, so that life and God and heaven and hell broke into my world with glory and horror...The philosophical king of my generation had no clothes on, and the writer of children's books from Oxford had the courage to say so" (pg. 20).
We are surrounded by so much beauty in our every day world. Things that we would pay millions of dollars for but never take the time to appreciate because they are part of our every day lives. God's beauty shines all around us: in the family we live with, in the autumn trees we pass on the way to work or the stars that hang over head as we walk from our car to our front door. When we understand that it was God who made all these things by His creative genius and power our hearts will be opened to the understanding of how worthy He is of all our love and adoration. Creation, when seen as God's art piece, will stir us to worship the Artist. I pray that our eyes would be opened and our hearts stirred to worship the Majesty behind the masterpiece and love the Father who has given us life.
Song That Relates: Creation Cries Out
Optional questions to comment on:
What do you take for granted in life that is an incredible testimony to God's majesty?
Can you give an example of a worship song that relates in some way to what John Piper talks about in this first chapter?