This has been tying in to Christianity for me (a topic I tend to avoid when blogging but today I make an exception.) Some people are focused on "rooting out evil." Right? They look for it. They look for what is wrong in their own life and more often in someone else's life. And try to fix it. Or "helpfully" point it out so the other person can fix it, or whatever.
Others focus on God is Love and God is Good and so they focus on seeking good and seeing God in the good.
For whatever reason the call to seek good and let God worry about rooting out evil was something of an "aha" moment for me.
Habits can be hard to change. So in the meantime I'm counting on grace to get me there and to protect everybody else from my good intentions.
This ties into parenting for me too. I keep reminding myself it isn't my job to mold them. It is my job to love them as they are because they are "perfectly made." And leave the rest up to God. This gets sticky for me when they are little cretins because of course they are. But again, habits are there and I'm working on being aware of my intent.
K of course is going to have to just soldier on because she's 16 already and by the time I have this down she'll be a grandmother. But there is some hope that I'll be softer with the younger ones.
|little eggs seen in Windsor Virginia last week.|