Great article, Kyle. Are you back in ministry yet? How did you lose your church? Guess I'm just nosey and curious. There's one more thing Christians say that bothers me. When a group of Christians pray for healing and that person dies, they say, "He was healed! Now he's in Heaven!" I want to say, "That's not exactly what I was thinking of when I prayed for healing."
I agree with what you say in this excellent article. God's plan for all of us is to love him, love others and spread his message of love through our actions. We do that, as you say, one step at a time, living our lives day by day.