Perseverance: Where are You?

I attended church today at NCC to be with my Dad –  but my brother forget to bring him… well not really, Dad was sick so I enjoyed sitting with my third brother Lloyd G..  The Sermon was on Change – Choice and Checking In-Out-Up and was using the Scripture in 2 Peter.
The Topic of Change and Choice really stood out for me…  @ 5 years ago I had decided to one of those Retired Christians –  I had put my dues in and was ready to be a seasoned one.  Well these Versus brought back an area that God had hit me hard with –  “FAITH”.
                    2nd Peter 1: vs. 5-8:            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.
            Can You see the progression:  Goodness – Knowledge – Self Control – Perseverance – Godliness – Affection – Love.  And then it ends with – “This will keep you from being Ineffective and Productive”.   WOW….   We have a Choice to make (Old or Young) and with that choice comes Change.  One of the main words that stood out for me was Perseverance – this is a must in our Christian Walk.
The Direction I had chosen 5 years ago would have been wrong and when I paused and listened to some great wisdom – I knew I was wrong.   That is where the knowledge came in and one of the ways I keep this intact today is by being involved with a couple of Men’s groups.  In these Groups is where I work on the other qualities to keep increasing my knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I met with a future Nephew In-law yesterday and he reaffirmed that we really need to keep this intact (James – thank YOU).
So which part of that progression are you at and what are you doing to go forward?   Please remember that the Lord is (2nd Peter 3:9 second part of the verse) “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”.  
   So my closing words would be – there is no Retirement for any Christian and we must Preserver in going forward in our Christian Walk
 Bobby G           comments can be sent to