Life Is Like An Ice Cream Cone

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  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.  2 Peter 1:5-8

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Have you ever . . . watched a child eating an ice cream cone?  

It is a true art trying to keep the ice cream from running down his hand.  It requires complete concentration to ensure that one side doesn't melt before another.  A little lick on one side fixes the first drip, but then the other side will start to melt.  So the child quickly licks on that side until the other side begins to drip again - and on and on it goes.


Often I feel like my life resembles the balancing act of the ice cream cone.  Little by little, I work on areas of my life to get them under control.  I will see an area, like self-control that begins to falter, so I begin to work on that part.  But as soon as I put my focus on self-control, I notice that another area, like love, begins to have problems and I must redirect my attention to put more love in my life.  And then, just like the ice cream cone, I must continually work around all the qualities of my life to keep them under control.


It is a reality, even though a difficult one, that we are able to keep our lives together only by being attentive to many things at once.  But the good news, as Peter tells us in this scripture, is that we are to expect to work on many things at once.  And if we are to expect it, then we know that God will be the one to help us to keep all these areas of our lives in balance as well as to increase them in good measure.


It is only by allowing God to work in our lives, inch by inch, "lick by lick," that we are able to "possess these qualities in increasing measure."  As we begin to let Him increase our knowledge, then He moves us over to build self-control.  It doesn't happen all at once.  God is gradually, but collectively, working on many aspects of our character at the same time.  


He helps us with our balance as we apply these lessons so that we may live fruitful, productive lives.  If you feel your life can become out of control at times, remember to allow God to help you with your balance.  He will help you to grow in these qualities.  He will help you to keep the "ice cream drips" of life from being out of control!


For a prayer asking God to help grow in His character, click here.

© margaret young