The following is great advice to live by.  The world would be a much better place if we all lived by them.

2 Peter 1:4 thru 7 (King James Version):

4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

 5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

 6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

 7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

I can’t think of a greater promise than to spend eternity with those you love, who share your faith in God.  This is were having faith in God can give Christ Followers more comfort in their system of belief than I can mine, which is based on the forces in the world I live in.  For me my story ends at death.

Lust is a very powerful, corrupting, force.  Looking back at all my relationships it could be that I was more driven by lust, not love.  This could be why none ever lasted.  I don’t regret one minute in any of these relationships.  I do regret the pain I caused because I was too self centered to work hard enough at building any of these relationship into a loving one.

I have mixed feelings about the word temperance, which in the dictionary is defined as moderation in action, thought, or feeling.   Once I discovered how joyful, exhilarating, life can be, living life to it’s fullest, not in moderation, was more my goal.  I do try to factor in the risk of doing harm to either myself, or someone else.  Music, dancing, laughter, joy, love are not activities that are best experienced in moderation.  It is also true however, that my overindulgence in food, and drink, likely lead to my diabetes.  I guess the degree of moderation we should exercise depends on the activity. 

It took me a long time to learn the value of patience.  On more than one occasion I have been like Mr. Wile E. Coyote, with the resulting crash landing from leaping before I looked.  Life will always put up hurdles.  If the hurdle happens to be a railroad track, you are much better off waiting for the train to pass before you cross to the other side.  If your are trying to build something, including your plan for life, you had better take the time to read the blueprints, twice, before you start.  If you get the foundation wrong you had better have a lot of insurance. 🙂

Kindness and charity are two of the most beautiful words in the dictionary.  In terms of living in this world, acting with kindness, and charity, towards our fellow man may be the only two concepts we need.  Love is a word people use a lot.  If we don’t act with kindness, and charity, love is just a word.

Natalie Merchant – Kind and Generous

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