I've had a tendency in the past few years to distance myself from those closest to me. I think ministry does that to people sometimes but it's no excuse for entering into meaningful relationships. An issue came to the surface today between a colleague and I today and I'm thankful for it. I needed to see that I've been guarded and I've allowed a bit of stress to creep in on me. I want to be careful to give stuff to God. I don't want to be bitter. I want to be open and vulnerable so others can feel free to be themselves...I've learned a lot today. Days like today are liberating. I'm thankful for the hard things, they really do make us better.