Getting the best from others

“Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.” 1 Thessalonians 5:15 (The Message)

I was struck by the second part of this verse as I read it this morning.

It is one thing to “look” for the best in others and another thing to bring it out.

I started to wonder if my search for the best in others is lazy. I wait for them. I watch them. But do I do enough to bring that best out of them?

I have been sequestered with my wife for weeks. How active have I been in bringing out the best of her? I question my results.

I think of this as it relates to a baseball manager. He obviously wants his team to succeed and he cannot afford to be passive about it. His task is to put his players in a position for them to succeed in a way that enables the team to succeed. I need to do the same thing at home.

If there are things that my wife struggles with, I need to relieve her of them or help her do them. Too often I watch her struggle and wait for it to bring out the “best” in her. What am I thinking!


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