Striving manifests itself in the look of performance, in attendance, in being well put together, in having all the answers, in showing up to everything. That, in a way, can appear to be a form of striving—making it seem like you have to present yourself at this perfect type of Christian.
Minimalism has become an important topic in the blog world — and it’s certainly a great topic for such an overindulged and materialistic society. But perhaps it’s time for it to become an important topic in our overcommitted and distracted church society.
There has to be more to life than merely existing to pay bills, raise good kids, maintain a well kept home, increase square footage, attend a nicely manicured church on Sunday, shop, take vacations, hang with friends on the weekend, volunteer when it’s convenient and retire in comfort.