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.
Curiosity is not about challenging what you don’t agree with, it is not about breaking down systems, it is not destructive by nature. It is about intentionality, about thinking for yourself, and at its best it can be about problem solving to find better ways.
Just going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car. And God is not calling us to go to church; He is calling us to be His church, the hope of the world.
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.
Let us no longer glorify abundance without purpose. May this be the undoing of mindless multitasking. Let us cease thinking that busy is a measurement of worth. May we graciously learn to surrender a full life for a fulfilling life.