definition: (of a person) unable to keep still or silent and becoming increasingly difficult to control, esp. because of impatience, dissatisfaction, or boredom.
Our creation in the image of God makes the human spirit restive in the middle of this substitute paradise we call the West. Indeed, as Augustine once observed, it is restless until it finds rest in God who made it. The story of the West, in many ways, is also the story of this restiveness.
Update – August 24 at 11:23AM: Read the following and thought it was good supplemental wisdom.
Let me speak for everyone you have ever met, from a recent acquaintance to your closest relative: We can wait until you get home to see the photos from your vacation. You can share the funny anecdote about your kids after they’ve gone to bed. And nothing you’ve ever tweeted or shared is urgent enough for you do it while driving.
definition: lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm
It is true that some traditional churches are desultory, dispirited, boring, dull, lifeless, inept, small, disheartened, or otherwise dying. One does wonder, though, why such a dead dog keeps getting kicked, sometimes quite viciously, by the church marketers.
Since mankind, in general, is innately hopeless and helpless in reference to his own spiritual reformation or advancement,
and since sinners suffer from hamartiological (sin) hangover,
and since God’s Word is often associated with His power, especially in overcoming the problems of sin,
and since “the Christian preacher…is a herald” of God’s powerful Word,
THEN the most consistent, divinely attested way for making full proof of our ministry is through a life-long activity in genuine textual exposition from the whole counsel of God as we humbly submit ourselves and the results to the sovereign Spirit.