But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
God has placed on my heart a desire for change down deep in my heart. He calls me daily to walk closer to him, to watch him, to mimic him, and to become more like him. I try so hard to do this, and I guess looking back through my life I can see a slow trajectory of improvement, but the change is very very slow and hard to measure.
I was re-reading part of Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography this week and came across his system for tracking his mastery of 13 Virtues and realized that I too could use a similar system to track how I am doing on my 9 Fruits of the Spirit. I know God isn’t interested in score cards and he has no interest in any chart I make, but I want to do something. I know that God desires that I grow in wisdom and in character and especially in love for others. In order to do that, I need to be purposeful. I need to track what I am doing so I can make an honest effort at change. So I have my list and I will be focusing on one each week. Then, I will go back and start all over again at the end of week 9. So next week’s post will be about love, and hopefully I will be able to put some circles in my box next week for love!
Father God, I love you and because I love you, I submit to your authority. I recognize that I need to put my faith into action and very much want to do that. Help me learn much through my struggle to become more like you. Give me strength, wisdom, and love to become more like you.