(from Desiring God by John Piper...and excerpt from C.S Lewis' sermon "The Weight of Glory")
"If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds out desires not too strong, but too weak. 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."
I'm currently in the process (very long process) of writing a research paper for my Church History class. I decided to focus my paper on Piper's fascination with Edward's theology...and the use of such a historic figure as Edwards, in such a modern world through the words of Piper. Anyway...these dudes (Piper, Edwards, Lewis..) just hit home when it comes to the way we humans see the Lord. Learning a lot...and I think this paper might just more fun than it will be work. Amen to THAT!