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Where to find good people

BY Linda Wilk

As we were positioned in the Easy pose, our substitute yoga instructor Karen Hiemstra read this quotation:

“The people we surround ourselves with either raise or lower our standards. They either help us to become the best-version-of-ourselves or encourage us to become lesser versions of ourselves. We become like our friends. No man becomes great on his own. No woman becomes great on her own. The people around them help to make them great.

We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose and challenge us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves.”

The quotation inspired me as I had been pondering writing a column about just this. With this being Easter weekend, I have also been trying to figure out how to encourage people to get involved in church.

I recently heard a statement that 80 percent of Grant County is unchurched. A pretty sad statement, given that there are about 250 churches in Grant County for a population of 66,491 in 2017.

For all who don’t attend church on a regular basis or maybe don’t even attend church at Christmas or Easter, I would encourage you to check out one of the 250 churches in Grant County. I would venture to guess that on any given Sunday you can find a church service to fit your interest, from a more traditional setting to a contemporary version.

You see, I believe that if we are to truly be blessed and be our best we need to surround ourselves with people who will build us up.

And what a better place to find people who care about each other than at church. The core of a Christian’s focus should be on how to build up another person. How to find the best in each other and how to be a role model for others.

As a Christian I know it is my role to be the best I can be for myself, my children and those around me. I also know that I cannot accomplish that on my own. In fact, if I tried to lead a perfect life, I would quickly and miserably fail.

Due to vacation and college trip visits, we recently were gone from our home church at St. James Lutheran on Miller Avenue in Marion and I truly missed both the spiritual and social aspect of being away.

As I sat in the Bible class that my husband and I attend, I felt rejuvenated and built back up once again.

It is certainly true that you can worship God anywhere, at any time. You can also read your Bible in the solitude of your home, on your way to work or relaxing in a park.

What you can’t achieve by worshiping by yourself, is the building up of each other – the positive reinforcement that you get from being in worship with others.

As the quotation that Karen read states, we all need people in our lives to raise our standards and what a better place to have standards raised than church.

So, this weekend as we celebrate Easter and Jesus rising from the dead, let’s all remember the importance of surrounding ourselves with good people and think about how church just might be a great place to do just that.