Because you have these blessings, do your best to add these things to your lives: to your faith, add goodness; and to your goodness, add knowledge; and to your knowledge, add self-control; and to your self-control, add patience; and to your patience, add service for God; and to your service for God, add kindness for your brothers and sisters in Christ; and to this kindness, add love. If all these things are in you and are growing, they will help you to be useful and productive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But anyone who does not have these things cannot see clearly. He is blind and has forgotten that he was made clean from his past sins. My brothers and sisters, try hard to be certain that you really are called and chosen by God. If you do all these things, you will never fall. -2 Peter 1:5-10
Have you ever tried to start an exercise routine or maybe even a new diet plan? If you have, you know results won't happen overnight. You probably also have learned that you can't jump into a full head on routine. When you do you end up burned out and wanting to quit. Or you get overloaded with new foods and end up back on your normal routines of eating and forget the diet.
When adding anything new to your life you increase slowly. If you like walking you don't do a 5K the first day. You begin with a five minute walk and a few days later increase it ten minutes and so on. If you exercise, you don't go straight into Pilates or Yoga, you slowly increase your routine each time adding more moves. Cut one dessert out before tossing all the sweets. Add a new vegetable or meal once a week and build up to change.
No matter the choice it's not instant, it takes time increasing at your pace and what is good for you. Our faith can be the same way. Each week or day we can increase our time with God. First a few verses in the Bible to short passages to whole chapters. Pray as long as your comfortable and add more time as you go. Your faith will grow and you will see more blessings each day. And each day you can add the things 2 Peter speaks of which is all useful and productive in our knowledge and faith in Jesus. Round your life out with a healthy diet, good exercise and a spiritual compass and watch the growth you will obtain.
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