I think that sometimes I do put these posts up to get a response, as someone who has been a christian most of my life, apart from a little blip in the middle, I am constantly challenged by the life we live here on this island.
Personally I think we need challenging because all our pat little christian phrases and well worded responses don't always cut it. I know all the biblical responses, but on the street you have to think on your feet, remain in tune with the Spirit and do what you feel is best. All the time trusting that God is with you and he'll get you out of any theological muddle you may get in.
I want to live a responsive life not a programmed life, that means that so often my answers are responsive not pre-programmed. I have been taught all the pre-programmed responses, I can give my "testimoney" in 3 minutes. I am not knocking it just saying that life is not like that. There is something that is organic about relationships, organic about being with people, conversations grow and develop they don't always end up going in the direction the books tell you they will! But thats the adventure.
Helen Keller once said "life is either a daring adventure or nothing" I like that. We over plan, over think. Of course I am not saying we don't train or learn, just that the training and learning has almost to sit behind the relational aspect of how we live.
So when I talk about calling out the good, I know what I mean. God created the planet and all that live in and saw that "it was good" God knew us before we were in our mothers wombs, he smiled when we where created. His longing is that we reach our full potential, in each one of us there is good, because God created us. We need to view people as God would and I firmly believe that what God sees is good, he has a longing for that good to be called out of people. In fact his longing was that strong that he sent his son in order that this could happen. When Jesus met with people he called out the good in them, he got a response, he made people uncomfortable with what they were and caused them to yearn for what they could be be. His presence often called out the good in people.
Let me develop this more Tomorrow or when I get a minute to quote scriptures and look theologically sound.