Everyone once in a while I read a verse and it resenates with me in a deep and powerful way. It will quickly become significant. In that season, when it’s a NOW Word for me, I can repeatedly read it, memorize it, preach, read it again, apply application and continue to expand my thoughts on it. Each time, God helps me unpack it more… and ironically, uses it to convict and correct.
The Bible is so unique and rich. A key verse may not make such a personal connection with those around me. That’s ok; for this season, this Word is mine. There is nothing dull or repetitive about it. It’s shaping me, equipping me. It’s prophetic. So pardon my repetitive hashtags or redundant use of the same scripture… but… it’s just I’m still soaking it in.
I have been settled in II Peter 1:3-8 for a while.
Its too good to cut down. No abbreviated clip art version of this passage gives it the proper emphasis.
II Peter 1:3-8 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control;and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.8 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.
Imagine the irony when I realized that in the midst of my “make every effort” season, I quit blogging. 🤦🏼♀️
I mean, I didn’t quit on purpose…. it just sort of happened. Excuses, insecurities and redirected but unaddressed fear will do that. It will dull your dreams and silence your passion.
When you don’t make an effort, you may accidentally quit.
Here’s the really great news. Starting again can be easy. It may be a bit risky, but let’s make an effort and start again.
This blog is emotional for me. It represents the hope that something else is coming. It feels like a bridge to somewhere I very much hope to be going. So when it “feels” like sharing my experiences don’t matter, when it feels like wasted words that no one reads it… I guess the reality is— it’s easier to quit trying than to buckle down and try harder. It’s easier to talk yourself out of wanting it than to hope, believe and consistently work hard. When you can’t control something, it’s easier to quit than to trust.
But, as long as II Peter is ringing in my ears, I can’t deny that I have not made every effort.
I want to be effective and productive. I want that supernatural divine nature, and I want those precious promises. What’s really available when we make every effort? What’s possible when we add, layer and stack up the characteristics described above?
If you haven’t done all you can do, you haven’t done all you can do.
You can. I can. Make every effort.