John Piper is known for saying, “Books don’t change people, paragraphs do – sometimes sentences.”
I think what he says is true. Here’s a paragraph that’s changed me. I believe it will change you, too; I’ll leave no commentary.
“The Bible says that our real problem is that every one of us is building our identity on something besides Jesus. Whether it’s to succeed in our chosen field or to have a certain relationship – or even to get up and walk – we’re saying, “If I have that, if I get my deepest wish, then everything will be okay.” You’re looking to that thing to save you from oblivion, from disillusionment, from mediocrity. You’ve made that wish into your savior. You never use that term, of course – but that’s what’s happening. And if you never quite get it, you’re angry, unhappy, empty. But if you do get it, you ultimately feel more empty, more unhappy. You’ve distorted your deepest wish by trying to make it into your savior, and now that you finally have it, it’s turned on you.”
– Tim Keller, King’s Cross