I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what makes a person “good”. Throughout my life, I’ve struggled, just as everyone does, with being a good person. I wonder, what effect do what are generally considered bad actions have on a person in the whole? Lately, my response has been, it depends mostly on how those actions change the direction of the person’s life.
C.S. Lewis states, in his book, The Great Divorce, “There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.”
There was a time when I looked directly at God and made a promise to dedicate my life to His work. Over the last 13 years, I have had periods of my life where I turned my back to God, and the result was darkness. More recently, I have faced God and have experienced no less trouble, but more peace and hope than ever before.
To be good, I think, is to head in the direction that would make us into more holy people, more like the people God would have us be if it weren’t for our sinful nature. Salvation is a promise made by God, our only responsibility is to point our lives in the direction of the holiness offered freely to us.