Sitting in church pews all my life, I’d listened intently to dire warnings about the war between good and evil. How we as fallen humans are evil by nature, and good only by the grace of God. How we must fight daily against the evil we are inclined to do.
Frankly, it’s a message that is hard to digest, because, really, do any of us think of ourselves as evil? But through the agonizing loss of my best friend, I realized that evil can disguise itself as something else, as something as innocuous as inaction -- that our daily battle is really about doing good versus doing nothing at all.
The advice I got from an NPR story by Deirdre Sullivan titled "Always Go to the Funeral" taught me that sometimes you have to do what makes you uncomfortable because it's simply the right thing to do. You can read my full story, "Always Be a Friend," in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Best Advice I Ever Heard