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Do you have a friend who has permission to point out the junk in your life? I do. Only a best friend would dare to tell you; “You are self-indulgent, you take shortcuts, you take offense easily, you are totally disorganized....” Ouch!

Growth in my knowledge of God does not guarantee that I’m growing in the graces. Look at all the active verbs in just one little chapter of the Bible, Colossians 3: “set your
mind... put to death... yourselves... clothe... bear... do... be... love... teach... admonish... submit... obey... work." There is nothing passive about that stuff! God doesn’t just work the graces into me. It is up to me to do and be.

Ask yourself the following questions:
  • Does anyone see Jesus in me?

  • Do I have less need for the approval of others?

  • Do I display a contagious joy and confidence in God?

  • Am I willing to forgive others quickly even if they never ask?

  • Do I take responsibility for my sin, confess it, and ask forgiveness?

  • Can I remain peaceful under pressure, even when disasters pile up?

  • Do I experience less temptation to take offense, complain, or be resentful?
I know some baby adults and they are not attractive. Baby adults make you wince at the things they say and do. You are embarrassed for them. They don’t recognize how unattractive their behavior is. I don’t want to be like that. The heat of God’s furnace gets uncomfortably hot sometimes, but I hope I will always welcome His attempts to help me
grow up.

“Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come” (Psalm 71:18, NIV).

(My best friend is also the person who loves me the most, encourages me the best and forgives me for my weaknesses. She learned that from her father.)

Pat Kershaw

ISI Retiree
International Students, Inc.