Monday, December 26, 2005

Collecting Seashells And Watching Football

I recommend listening to John Piper's radio program today. (You can access the archives here. For some reason, today's show is labeled as "NPR Tsunami Interview" at the time I'm writing this post. That isn't the topic of the show. You'll get the right show if you click on the icon to listen to the program.) Some of you may know that there are two versions of John Piper's book Don't Waste Your Life (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 2003). As far as I know, the text isn't different, but one version comes with a DVD. Today's radio program is playing a message John Piper gave that's either the same as or similar to the one on that DVD. It's a message he delivered to a group of young Christians, and it's on the theme he discusses in the book. He talks about "fatal success" and discusses the Reader's Digest story about retirees collecting seashells. (Those who have read the book should know what I'm referring to.) If you haven't watched the DVD, I recommend listening to the radio program. It's a message that ought to be repeated often, but it's rarely heard, even in churches, especially with the enthusiasm and good illustrations John Piper brings to it.