On a Friday morning, sitting under the oak trees outside my favourite cafe, I can't wait to open Tim Chester's The Ordinary Hero.
Here's a favourite quote-within-a-quote:
We should avoid, not a wounded life, says John Piper, but a wasted life ...
Too often, we can't quite lay hold of the treasure of Christ with both hands because we're still clinging to the baubles of this world ...
What a tragic waste when people turn away from the Calvary road of love and suffering. All the riches of the glory of God in Christ are on that road. All the sweetest fellowship with Jesus is there. All the treasures of assurance. All the ecstasies of joy. All the clearest sightings of eternity. All the noblest camaraderie. All the humblest affections. All the most tender acts of forgiving kindness. All the deepest discoveries of God’s Word. All the most earnest prayers. They are all on the Calvary road where Jesus walks with his people. Take up your cross and follow Jesus. On this road, and this road alone, life is Christ and death is gain. Life on every other road is wasted.
Tim Chester The Ordinary Hero 77, quoting John Piper Don't Waste Your Life 76.