Summer reading can be a lot of fun. It is a time when we can consume those special books that we would not normally read. One such book for me was by author Rachel Held Evans entitled “Wholehearted Faith.” Raised in an evangelical church with a father who taught religion at the college level, Rachel was hard core. But something was missing. She began to question many elements of her faith, which led to writing about her faith journey. Six books were the results of her reflections. A fundamental element of Wholehearted Faith is a youthful yearning to wrestle with God, because Rachel had a lot of tough questions. She needed answers. As she states in chapter 2: “Wholeheartedness means that we can ask bold questions, knowing that God loves us not just in spite of them but also because of them – and because of the searching, seeking spirits that inspire us to want to know God more deeply.”
Seeking to know God is a fundamental yearning of our soul. It is in fact a response to a call:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-30).
So, Rachel would ask the question: Are you all in? God wants, no, yearns to hear from you. Bring your talent, your time, and your treasure. Bring it all. Wholeheartedly.
I leave you with a youthful and wholehearted version of ‘Send Me’ (click the image above to listen).