Both quotes below are from the introductory matter in Chuck Colson’s truly classic book, Loving God. If you have never read the book, if you struggle with loving God, if you have forgotten your first love–this is a great book to move your heart to where it ought to be.
“The most pleasurable journey you take is through yourself … the only sustaining love involvement is with yourself. … When you look back on your life and try to figure out where you’ve been and where you’re going, when you look at your work, your love affairs, your marriages, your children, your pain, your happiness–when you examine all that closely, what you really find out is that the only person you really go to bed with is yourself. … The only thing you have is working to the consummation of your own identity. And that’s what I’ve been trying to do all my life.”
“It is vain, O men, that you seek within yourselves the cure for your miseries. All your insight only leads you to the knowledge that it is not in yourselves that you will discover the true and the good.” —Blaise Pascal
Pascal is right, Shirley MacLaine is wrong. We find ourselves when we lose ourselves in the love of God. My prayer for you this weekend is that your appreciate and experience of the love of God becomes transformative. If it isn’t now, why settle for less? Pursue God. Fall in love with Jesus again and watch him radically change your life.