Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Thoughts on Donald Miller, Love and God

I love when something someone says, or something you read hits you like a ton of bricks--when it completely clicks with you. I have this experience a lot when I read books from Donald Miller, one of my favorite authors. His book, Blue Like Jazz, is written so relaxed and frank that you don't realize how direct and profound it can be. One of my favorite quotes in the book is this, "Believing in God is as much like falling in love as it is making a decision. Love is both something that happens to you and something you decide upon." I love it because it is so true. When you fall in love, it is not wholly a choice and not entirely something that just happens to you--just like it is not wholly and act and not entirely a feeling. It is something that is irresistible and natural. When you believe in God, it is not entirely a concious mind-choice, nor is it entirely an intuitive "feeling". It is somehow a mixture of the two and it, too, is irresistible and natural--something that you can't help when you've experienced the magnitude of God. It is a natural response. The analogy Miller makes is perfect, because God is love.

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