Improvement is a Curse.

Improvement involves being better, doing better, living better, having better, looking better, feeling better, thinking better, loving better, vacationing better.  Improvement is addiction, where contentment is bliss, freedom.  Jesus is ENOUGH for the contented.  He is NOT enough for the improvement addict.  Adam and Eve were content — before they became addicted to improvement, independence, confidence-they-knew-what’s-best.  Living under the Curse, circumstance-dependent for joy and peace.

Contented humans need nothing more.  Blissful.  Enjoying everything just as it is, everyone just as we are.  Contented humans are easy to love, humble.  Improvement addicts need to WIN.  We need our favorite sports team, political party, ethnic group, country, denomination, to win, be the best, so we can feel good about ourselves.  And we also love secretly analyzing, critiquing, judging, everyone and everything, so we feel good about ourselves.  Jesus is not ENOUGH for the competitive human — the improvement addict.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, King of Improvement Addicts, except when freshly convicted of the sin of INdependence/pride/worldliness, momentarily, so the seculars around him might be drawn to the Jesus-bliss in him

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