The Sunday school my wife and I are a part of is currently reading together through Don’t Waste Your Life, by John Piper.
Here is a fascinating excerpt from our assigned reading for this week:
“The really wonderful moments of joy in this world are not the moments of self-satisfaction, but self-forgetfulness. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and contemplating your own greatness is pathological. At such moments we are made for a mgnificent joy that comes from outside ourselves. And each of these rare and precious moments in life—beside the Canyon, before the Alps, under the stars—is an echo of a far greater excellence, namely, the glory of God. That is why the Bible says, ‘The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork’ (Psalm 19:1)” (DWYL, 33-34).
By the way, if you have some vacation coming this summer and are looking for some places to stand in awe and contemplate something bigger than yourself as an echo of the far greater excellence of God, I have included below my list of the 20 most beautiful places I have ever been. Enjoy!:
#1: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Obviously.
#2: Whistler/Pacific Coast Range, British Columbia, Canada.
#3: Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.
#4: Glacier National Park, Montana. Particularly near Lake Elizabeth and Red Gap Pass.
#5: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Particularly on the Bright Angel Trail on the South Rim.
#6: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Particularly near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Lake Yellowstone.
#7: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Particularly near Paintbrush Divide.
#8: Mykonos and Santorini Islands, Greece.
#9: Big Horn National Forest, Wyoming. Particularly near Hwy. 14, east of Shell, WY.
#10: Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria.
#11: Costa Rica. Particularly along the Rio Pacuare.
#12: Rocky Mountain National Park. Particularly near Bear Lake.
#13: Pfeifferhorn Peak, Wasatch Range near Salt Lake City, Utah.
#14: Wind River Range, near Lander, Wyoming.
#15: Lone Peak, Big Sky, Montana.
#16: Acropolis, Athens, Greece.
#17: Tettegouche State Park, near Silver Bay, Minnesota. Particularly at Shovel Point.
#18: Devil’s Lake State Park, near Baraboo, Wisconsin.
#19: Peninsula State Park, near Fish Creek, Wisconsin.
#20: Central Park, New York City.
Did I miss anything? Anyone want to add to the list? Where have you been that I need to go?!