I have two perspectives that guide me as a spiritual director.

First, I am convinced of the essential value and dignity of every person. In some faith traditions, including some Christian streams, human capacity for sin has somehow become the headline. Pain and brokenness certainly exist inside every person and in the world around us. But it can’t be allowed to overshadow our fundamental value and worth. I believe all people are created in God’s image and that this is the truest thing about each of us.

Second, while life is precious and every moment worth treasuring, growth takes time. It’s nonlinear, unfolding over a lifetime. And it isn’t merely a mental exercise. Becoming whole and holy involves heart and mind and body; soul and spirit. Honoring all this fosters coming from a place of patience and hope rather than anxiety or fear.