This morning as I was doing my devotions the Lord showed me a neat tool to use to for self-improvement.
I was reading in 2 Timothy chapter 1 where Paul is writing a letter to his pastoral friends. In this letter he spoke about how the law is to point out sins of sinners in order to help them put aside those sins and follow Christ. Grace is for the righteous, those who do choose to put aside sins and follow Christ. When I was reading these notes it directed me back to Galatians chapter 5 (another one of Paul’s letters) where Paul was speaking out to the church about living in sin. In this letter he spoke about the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
I felt prompted to use the fruits of the spirit to create goals for myself. I thought I would share because I feel like many of us seek ways to self-improve. We all want to become better people, friends, spouses, daughters, parents, workers, etc.
I will share my goals as an example, and then you can create your own!
Fruits of the spirit improvement goals:
- Love: Love people even when it’s hard. Love them outwardly even when I do not want too. Choose love over resentment, grudges, or other negative emotional feelings.
- Joy: Find joy in the mundane. Replace all negativity with positive thoughts and watch joy blossom.
- Peace: Allow the peace that passes all understanding to take over thoughts of the past.
- Patience: Be slow to frustration and anger. Be quick to be full of patience and grace.
- Kindness: Be a kind leader. Be a person who empowers others.
- Goodness: Choose good self-care. (Rest, exercise, healthy foods, fun!)
- Faithfulness: Become a strong leader in faith. Allow the Lord to use me to perform his work in faith. Continuously find new ways to make my faith grow.
- Gentleness: For my words to always be gentle and soft.
- Self-control: Control my attitude, not allowing it to be full of negativity, wrongful thoughts, or anything that is unpleasing to the Lord.
Now, you have saw my own goals. Let these serve as an example or a template for yourself. Think up your own goals. I encourage you to write them down and hang them somewhere you will see them frequently to serve as a reminder of what you are trying to achieve.
We can do it together as I am just starting this new journey too! Keep me posted on how it goes for you!
I cannot wait to hear about how this affects your life and see how it effects mine ❤
Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.