Devotions for John Ortberg’s book, The Me I Want to Be
We all need difficult people in our lives to help us grow and become the best version of ourselves. Other people don’t create our spirit; they reveal our spirit. If we need to develop love, then some unlovable people will be our greatest challenge. If we need to develop hope, maintaining it in the face of discouragers will make it strong. If we want to grown in our ability to confront, a hard-to-confront intimidator will give us practice.
Because God loves us and wants to shape us, He will send some difficult people our way. A sobering thought is that we may be the difficult person who God is sending to shape someone else!
We are always being energized or drained by each interaction with others. Some people are life-bringers to us and increase our energy and add to our joy. Others are life-drainers and add to our anxiety.
How do we grow through difficult relationships? More tomorrow.