August 10th, 2004


Misplaced desire

And so the first command comes first. God tells us to love him with all our hearts and all our souls, with all our minds and all our strength. It's not a burden but a rescue, a trail out of the jungles of desire. When we don't look to God as our true life, our desire for him spills over into other desires, giving them an ultimacy and urgency they were never intended to bear. We become desperate, grasping and arranging and worrying over all kinds of things, and once we get them, they end up ruling us. It's the difference between wants and needs. All we truly need is God. Prone to wander from him, we find we need all sorts of other things. Our desire becomes insatiable because we've taken our longing for the Infinite and placed it upon finite things. God saves us from the whole mimetic mess by turning our hearts back to him.

—John Eldredge, The Journey of Desire
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