by Kim McDougal
“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, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, 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.” – II Peter 1:5-8 (NIV)
You know if you’re getting over a horrific incident or tramatic lifestyle change, making any steps towards healing and acceptance is better than no steps at all. Us humans are fragile beings. It sometimes takes us years to overcome tragedy and we all deal with hurt in different ways. It took me 11 years to accept my 1st husband’s death before I could even think of marrying again. And even while courting my 2nd husband, I had moments of absolute terror!. The thought of losing another spouse was too much for me to deal with. Yet, somehow with God’s help, I made baby steps to overcome my fear.
If you’re going through something large, too large for you to even grasp, look again at our scripture today. You’re asked to add the different qualities to your faith. Add them in at your own pace. The Lord is so sweet to be patient with us as we’re growing. As we’re shedding off our fears, shame, depression, sadness, frustration, offense, worry, even bad habits, God is with us and helping us along the way. You know on the physical side, a baby doesn’t become a full grown adult overnight. So, the same goes for us grown-ups to become full grown mature spiritual Christians…it doesn’t happen overnight, it happens with one baby step after another.