Who brings out the best in you?
Is it a family member or maybe a good friend? Maybe your priest brings out the best in you (probably not), or could be the beggar on the street or a stranger in line at Starbucks. Or perhaps it is not a person at all, but an activity, that brings out your very best. Maybe you cook for people, do yardwork or fix things, or simply listen when someone just needs to talk. All kinds of people and activities can bring out our best selves, and when they do, we feel a sense of wholeness.
But now that you’ve got that source of joy and fountain of goodness in your mind, I’m going to take us into a valley and ask, what brings out the worst in you?
Is it the other drivers on North Main Street, who apparently don’t know what those painted lines on the road signify? Or perhaps it is your Netflix queue and your comfortable sofa, seducing you to retreat from the world for hours at a time? Whatever it is that brings out your worst self, you might be content with indulging it from time to time, or it may trouble you on a deeper level. Continue reading “Clinging to God in Good and Bad”