Day 17: What is your favorite quote from your favorite book?
We've already established that my favorite book (as much as I can have a favorite book, which is rather impossible) is Surprised by Joy. The most amazing quote therein is the whole reason why I call this book "favorite":
"...it is that of an unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable than any other satisfaction. I call it Joy, which...must be sharply distinguished from Happiness and from Pleasure. Joy (in my sense) has indeed one characteristic, and one only, in common with them; the fact that anyone who has experienced it will want it again."
I love this definition of Joy - the feeling of longing for that which we can not, of ourselves, gain. When you have those moment of intensely wanting to be with Christ, to see His face, isn't that a feeling of "unsatisfied desire"? One which you wouldn't trade in a million years for an easily-satisfied desire, like chocolate or sunshine? Wouldn't you rather have that moment - or live that life - wherein all you want is Christ, rather than want a snack and get it? Yes, true Joy is keeping our eyes on Christ and desiring to be like Him and pleasing to Him - and that's a desire we can not satisfy apart from Him!