“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” - 2 Peter 1:5-8
There are so many things in my life I have not control over. I have never had control but I liked to think I did.
It is hard to watch children grow and make their choices that you do not agree with. I guess this is part of the separation process that they need to be independent. I have to wonder how many choices I made that broke the hearts of my parents and my heavenly Father. Here is where I have to reflect my sins again are usually heart sins. My little rebellion during the teenage years was quick and did not have long lasting effects. I was not one to drink to drunkness, or try anything dangerous to me. I guess being a wimp has it advantages.
I have read the above scripture more times than I can count. Today it hit me that I am in the faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; cycle. I do not seem to move on. I need to get to beyond perseverance, and get to godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
It says add in increasing measure again this is something I want to control. I will just have to surrender this to God and know that he wants this more for me than even I want this.
My goal this week is to focus on the blessings. It is a full week of things beyond my control and I have more demands on my time from outside my home. I just surrender this week to my Father and know he will bless my days here on earth. I pray that as we make decisions that will have long term effect on all of us we follow where He leads.