I was re-reading a little bit from John Eldredge’s Journey of Desire and found these nuggets:
“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition, when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” – C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, qtd. in Eldredge, pg. 166.
Even in being in Baltimore this weekend, this temptation run full-bore. Eldredge uses an example later in the book regarding an internal chess match he has with God regarding fly-fishing. I can relate to his example in trying to stubbornly sometimes enjoy the moments of pleasure I had in being on the Chesapeake’s Inner Harbor, touring the city, etc. When I’d sit back and enjoy the handiwork of God, it was like an inner voice whispering, “Checkmate.”
It’s key for me to remember that my joy is primarily found in Christ. For other world religions, the key to kill or at least quell your desires. In following Jesus, you’re invited to experience your desires by channeling them through God and honoring Him. Once you are transformed by Him, obedience comes more naturally, and opportunities to follow His desire(s) for you become more plentiful.