Jesus Christ is refreshing, but flight from him into Christless leisure makes the soul parched. At first it may feel like freedom and fun to skimp on prayer and neglect the Word, but then we pay: shallowness, prayerlessness,vulnerability to sin, preoccupation with trifles, superficial relationships, and a frightening loss of interest in worship and the things of the Spirit. [John Piper (1997) A Godward Life, in ch.34 "Setting Our Minds on Things Above in Summer"]And I'd add that it's daunting how quickly Christ-filled books can effectively morph into Christless leisure with some unwatched hardness of heart and a lack of prayerful attention.
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