“The Deadening Effects of Innocent Delights”


Ever tried fasting? I know that I have always looked upon the idea with skepticism  and perhaps fear. Who would choose to go without food? We are taught to never go without, eat more than we need so our bodies will not get too hungry, the list of “rules” goes on and on.

I absolutely am in awe of the quote from John Piper’s book A Hunger for God, “The deadening effects of innocent delights“, where he discussed how our overindulgences of the good gifts from God, actually fill us up so much we use them as substitutes for God himself!

I completed my first fast last week, was it horrible? No way, in fact I couldn’t wait until the next one.  I plan on making it a regular part of my life.

Fasting is misunderstood and this book is intriguing.  I have heard it is life changing…I will let you know but so far my mind is happily wrapping itself around the ideas he presents.

Fasting is not just a time to do without, but a time to increase what is good. Not just about food, but anything that steals away our devotion.


About christasterken

Committed to a life of purpose. Learning to live abundantly. Embracing creativity. Questioning. Delighting in the comforts of home and family. Determining not to settle only for how things are, but how they could be. Writing is part of who I am, so I trust In God who gave the gift to show me how I can serve Him through it. That is my life…one word at a time. Psalm 89:11a“Teach me your way , O Lord, and I will walk in your truth”

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