“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” – 2 Peter 1:5 - 7
This continual trying, knowing that we’ll mess up at times, but determined that we’ll keep trying, is to me at the heart of what it means to live our lives as good people. All the concepts mentioned in this passage – faith, virtue, knowledge, etc. – matter. In the end, though, what matters most – at least to me – are the day-to-day, hour-to-hour, minute-to minute ways in which I demonstrate, through my behavior, down-to-earth concepts like kindness and patience. I mess up a lot. So I pray for diligence to keep trying, as well as for self-kindness to forgive myself when I mess up. And I try again.
Alejandra (Ale) Posada has attended St. Stephen’s for about four years. When she manages to get up on time, she likes to attend the 8:30 service, though she often ends up sleeping through both! Ale enjoys serving on the St. Stephen’s school board, on which she has just begun her second 3-year term.