VIrtuous Life ~ Week 3

Great things are done by a series of small
things brought together.
– Vincent Van Gogh

I want to be a diligent wife. I need to be a diligent wife.
Much of life can be hard work, some things should be difficult. We grow from experiences and we mature through each trial we face. I heard it said recently even, that these trials, they bring us to a greater holiness. One we need desperately.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith
virtue; and to virtue knowledge; – 2 Peter 1:5

In its original context,  the word ‘diligence’ translates from the Greek word spoudē which is an earnestness in accomplishing,
promoting, or striving after anything.

Let us seek to have faith-focused determination. Let us run the race, as Paul has, casting all things aside that are in our way; removing that which slows us down or causes us to stumble. It’s the effort we put into our faith, that comes out, in our character. In virtues that are strong. It’s doing all things, so that they point to His will and show His glory in our lives.

Paul says, “This one thing I do…”

This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are
behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are
before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14

What is it that is in our way? Are we able to Be Still …. ? It is only when we are truly completely reliant on our God we see that hope; we feel His hand upon us. His presence about us.

Where is our focus? Are we doing things for His glory or for our own? Let us be mindful of this; honestly examine the motives behind every action and word. Does it point to Him ? If not let us consider again what we ought do or say.

This is diligence. Bringing about a greater faith; keeping us focused on the Lord at all times, in all seasons. I need a mission statement, because “a mission statement doesn’t just help you to formulate a focus, it helps you to keep that focus.”

I love the mission statement in this book even:

“To have a Christ-centered marriage that
brings glory to God through the way that we love and the
way that we live. That we would be servants of grace who
give more than we’re given and forgive before we’re
forgiven.”

May we pray  “To have a Christ-centered marriage and life, one that brings glory to God through the way that we love and the
way that we live. That we would be servants of grace who
give more than we’re given and forgive before we’re
forgiven.” In Jesus Name.

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