Supplemental vitamins for your spiritual walk

Healthy living is paramount in the 3 realms of our life:  Physically, Mentally and Spiritually.  Exercise, healthy eating and making the right choices are beneficial to this lifestyle and will likely play an integral part in our longevity.  Some people take vitamins and protein along with actively hydrating to help supplement their physical needs.  (I find it amazing how many people are chronically dehydrated). The key to all of this is balance.  The pressures of life and busyness pull us in every direction in sometimes ways that are not honoring God and family. My kids are 8, 6 (soon to be 7) and 5.  I can see just how society (through hobbies, sports and the like) are already pulling us in every direction instead of building the family up, we could be potentially tearing it down.  I don’t want the sport enthusiasts or activity gurus to come down hard on me.  I believe that all of these have fruitful abilities in raising a child (teamwork, discipline, obedience to rules and building confidence).

Mental awareness and health are also critical and keeping the mind sharp and active are irreplaceable.  There are so many studies out there that I don’t even want to get into the particulars on this.  I will, however, give you one thing that my father always told me and that is, “Dante, you will never be old enough to keep learning.”  Those words are very true, and for the most part (minus the days of running around for my wife and kids), keeps me sharp and active.

I was reading some scripture the other day and I came across these verses from 2 Peter 1: 5 “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,[a] and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities[b] are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers,[c] be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

As of today, I will refer to this Scripture as the supplemental vitamins for a healthy spiritual walk.  If we can train our spiritual walk in these supplements then we are given certainty of our entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior.

Virtue          moral excellence; goodness; righteousness.

Knowledge   acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition

Self-Control control or restraint of oneself or one's actions, feelings, etc

Steadfastness  unwavering, as resolution, faith, adherence, etc.

Brotherly-Affection  “brotherly affection” (philadelphia), is just what it says. It’s the        affection of a family that comes with long familiarity and deep bonds.”

Whether we turn to the right or to the left; when we find ourselves in God’s will for our lives, then we can count on the abundant life that God has in store for each of us.  Plans not to harm us, but to prosper us.  Prosperity that comes form godliness, not from ways of this world.

Have you taken your vitamins today?

 

Remember two things:  Finish Well & Serve Well.

God Bless you,

Dante