“every human being must live for something. something must capture our imaginations, our heart’s most fundamental allegiance and hope.
[but] when anything in life is an absolute requirement for your happiness and self-worth, it is essentially an ‘idol’, something you are actually worshipping. when such a thing is threatened, your anger [and despair are] absolute..
‘he beheld the most beautiful woman he had ever seen, and he must have said to himself, ‘if i had her, [or just a bit more money, or success, or power, or more friends, or a good grade on the next test, or approval from my parents], finally, something would be right in my miserable life. if i had her, it would fix things.’ All the longings of his heart for meaning and affirmation were fixed on Rachel.
if you marry someone.. putting the weight of your deepest hopes and longings on that person, you are going to crush him or her with your expectations.. no person, not even the best one, can give your soul all it needs” – Keller, Counterfeit Gods 2009
“Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods” – Galatians 4:8, many centuries ago
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another humbly in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself”.” – Galatians 5:13, 😊