“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” — John 10:10
One of the glories of creation is a snowy wood. Then groomed cross-country ski trails, laid by snowmobiles, are added into the woods. Next comes the skier, rhythmically swishing along the trail as the sunlight splinters through the trees. The silence is stunning. The elation of every muscle in momentum sends the skier, sweating profusely under many layers, into a sense of fullness and life, wonder and awakening.
When Jesus discusses filling up our life, he is talking about something God intended from the very beginning—when the earth was made for the delight of humanity and the glory of God. God wants us to receive the goodness of creation in our deepest being for the purpose of celebration and connection. But the thief, Satan, seeks the exact opposite. From the beginning, he has sought to strip us of our birthright and to separate us from enjoyment of God, each other, and the world around us. In order to do so, he needs our cooperation.
But when we decide to enjoy a simple and pure pleasure and give thanks for it, we enter into our inheritance and counteract the mission of the evil one.
What are some of your simple enjoyments or pure pleasures?
How can you find God in these things?
Read C. S. Lewis’s book The Screwtape Letters for an interesting perspective on howSatan works to destroy our relationship with God.