I love that when I’m in pain, I can take Tylenol. And when I’m feeling a bit under the weather, I’ve got my vitamin C and zinc. When I’m stressed, my vitamin B is on hand. And I have my potassium and calcium supplements for the intermittent times I’m a bit deficient.
The other day, I became really impatient with the kids. I don’t know why I was patience-deficient, but I was. In that moment, I wished I could have popped a Patience Vitamin to make up for what I was lacking.
Come to think of it, I would love to have a host of spiritual vitamins, or maybe even a spiritual multi-vitamin for those particularly flesh-strong days. Like humility – I could use that every day as a preemptive effort against pride. Or peace and rest, so I don’t get overtaken by the demands of the world. Generosity would be up there, too. And I’d love to have the fruit of the spirit in a multivitamin with a high concentrate dose – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Fortunately, God is more keen on strengthening me spiritually than I am, and I’m sure He has a plan for helping me in these areas. Oh, yeah, that’s right, it’s called sanctification. But I wish it worked faster than it does. And was more tangible – I can hold a vitamin but it’s hard to see the progress of my sanctification.