Clay Oglesbee is district superintendent for the River Valley District (southeast Minnesota) of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Texts about "striving" make me itch. They bring to mind our own cultural commitments to speak about lifting ourselves by our own bootstraps to reach high goals.
As pastors, we spend a great deal of time sharing in the ongoing lives and adventures of our congregants and community members. We are also called, literally, to come to love and suffer with them when disappointments, disasters or deaths occur.