The Fight for Glory

July 18, 2012

This picture is too funny and so appropriate!

 

This is an excerpt from my post about my interview with John Piper over at Gospel Coalition today….

I sat just outside the main venue all day interviewing others. I had a few minutes before John Piper would be sitting down with me—he was still on the platform speaking—so I snuck in the back and sat on the floor. He was nearly 4,000 people away, so I just sat and stared at the carpet. But I had walked into something.

God with us.

God was showing himself to a room full of women, and staring at the carpet felt like the right thing to do.

Piper said, “If you love the glory of man you do not love the glory of God.” I started shaking, but the room was already trembling. We weren’t trembling before a man, we were trembling at our souls before God. Scary thoughts raced through me as he spoke.

Do I even love God?

Why do I crave everyone’s approval?

I want to fear you, God, above all else.

I want to tremble before you every day.

Piper prayed, and I looked up. He was gone and on his way to sit down with me.

I wiped tears and ran to the chair and the cameras rolled. We planned to talk about the conference and the women, but it all seemed small and trite after tasting God. International peace treaties would have felt small at this point. So instead we talked about the glory of God and the day Piper will face Jesus.

To watch the interview and read the rest of the post click here.

Where are you fighting- tell me I am not alone- all vulnerable on the Gospel Coalition website…. this following a post on Quantum Physics.  Dang it!

 

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3 Responses to “The Fight for Glory”

  1. God answered a prayer I prayed just two days ago about this same struggle with your blog and Piper’s words. He is so good and the only one who really ever satisfies our longing. Thanks for your honesty.

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  2. Carmen

    I feel so much tension right now. After reading Jen Hatmaker’s book Interrupted and just finishing your book “Anything.” I just don’t know what I am suppose to do. I know I am suppose to be doing something, but I don’t know what that is…and will I be able to do it? I just feel confused….

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  3. Shannon

    I am enjoying your book ANYTHING- a lot! I love Jesus and I am always in search of material to stir me up to love God with all of me and for material to either equip me to better communicate how great God is or to use in a small group setting. ANYTHING is deep and authentic and I believe we will be using it in our small group soon. I am enthralled with Jesus- He really meets all my needs and fills me with such deep joy but it sounds clique or false to most when I say it. I really feel your writing can help to display this truth in way many can connect with. Thank you for writing.

    We also had an optional summer book club on Kisses for Katie- those who signed up (not many) were moved by it and the beauty of her life spent on God is still working it’s way down into us. Many though were scared off by it and a look of guilt passed upon the faces of some because they are not in a place where they can even get it, yet. I really appreciate how your book explains in a relate-able how you got to that place of loving God with all of us so we are wiling to do ANYTHING He asks.

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