I had the pleasure of attending a talk by Fr. James Martin a while ago. Fr. Martin is the author of My Life With the Saints among other books, and a very insightful, very funny speaker.
One of the questions he asked us was whether we considered God to be our best friend.
The question caught many of us off guard. I mean, God is .... God! He's in charge. He's the rule-maker. He's the Guy we are trying not to upset. And yes, He loves us and we love Him. But many of us had never thought about "lowering" Him to the seemingly-too-human "friend" status.
But for those that answered "Yes, He is my best friend", Fr. Martin posed the following questions:
1) Do you listen as much as you talk? How many best friends do you know of where one person talks and talks and never listens?
2) Do you give as much as you ask? How many best friends do you know of where one person is constantly asking for things?
3) Do you laugh together? Have you ever heard anyone say "Yes, Bob is my best friend ... but we've never laughed together the whole time I've known him"
I thought those were some very insightful points.
And they left me wondering what was worse ... that I hadn't thought about God as my best friend ... or that I would be the worst best friend ever!