At our Wednesday night Spiritual Book Study, we’re currently discussing the book Uncomfortable by Brett McCracken. McCracken, a Christian, notes Jesus said: “Whoever loves his life, loses it. And whoever hates his life in the world, will keep it for eternal life.” So… The operative question the first night was: “How do we feel about our lives?” Most people in the group acknowledged that their lives in small town Bluffton, Ohio, were, well, pretty “comfortable.” Three square meals and snacks; relatively nice homes (as compared, say, to most people in the inner cities and Third World); no shortage of entertainment with TVs, internet, etc.; more than adequate vehicles; friendly safe village atmosphere… Why, most were living the “American Dream.” So, what does that say about the “American Dream,” spiritually? Does it say that perhaps, oh, we’ve got it spiritually backwards in this country when it comes to aspiring to this iconic “American Dream” that was sold to us? Note: To put “flesh” on all this, see my Dec. 25, 2010 blog entry.