Fruitless Joys

Over at The Oak Log, Jude had posted this relevant quote to the previous Bunyan post:

“Fruitless joys are what we turn to when life is boring and gray and lonely and we know that tomorrow nothing will have changed. Fruitless joys aren’t necessarily scandalous sins. They may be little more than harmless hobbies in which we invest countless hours to make life a little less dull. They may be the newest gadgets we work so hard to own and worry about losing. They may be the fantasies and daydreams that swirl around in our heads that we know will never come true but somehow strangely bring a measure of excitement to an otherwise dreary life … Fruitless joys don’t transmute of their own accord into pain and discomfort and ugliness. They will lose their grip on your soul only when they are displaced by greater joys, more pleasing joys, joys that satisfy not for the moment but forever.” (Storms, C. Samuel. One Thing: Developing a Passion for the Beauty of God. Fearn, Ross-Shire, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2004.p137,139)

(HT: Jude St. John)


2 thoughts on “Fruitless Joys

  1. Good one, along with your last post. I like reading through Psalm 119 and seeing how often the psalmist indicates that his desire, his treasure, his longing is for God and His word. Compare that to the conversations you here in churchs today where you are more likely to hear about favorite sports teams than about God’s working in lives. Just another reason I love the Puritans. Convicting. Thanks.

  2. Great point about the conversations in church today. It is very tell-tale of the state of affairs in our churches when we seem to forget why we are at church even while we are still there. What truly can be more interesting than God? What can we possibly look at that should not make our awareness and affection for Christ all the greater? We should glory in Christ that He has given us so much to enjoy and even when we get too concerned with things here, that should be cause for driving us back to His feet while on our knees.

    That’s why I read the Puritans too. And thank you Interface!

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