You know what you do well, and you know where you fall short. The question is do you know why? In the areas that you do well, where the task comes easy to you, these are the results of God’s grace. He has showered you with talents. In the areas in need of improvement, these are your imperfections. It is with the imperfections, aka faults, that God gives us an opportunity to transcend beyond our current state, and grow in virtue; come closer to perfection. But, before we can strive for perfection, we first need to assess our Virtue Maturity.
Assessing Virtue Maturity
So, how do we assess our good qualities and those areas in need of improvement? We do so by evaluating how well we embody the Theological virtues of faith, hope and charity, as well as the Cardinal virtues of prudence, temperance, fortitude and justice. I should note that this is not a one-time effort, but more of a continuous process. I’ve learned that lesson the hard way! Let me use my own life as an example.
My Own Self-Assessment
A few years back I took an honest inventory of how well I embraced these seven virtues and found that temperance was on empty. I had gained weight from stress-eating. Why was I stressed? Not enough faith, a loss of hope and low self-esteem (short on self-love). I wasn’t making prudent decisions on what I was eating, so prudence and justice were suffering as well. Then I didn’t have the fortitude to stick with a healthy diet. So, bottom line: I lacked all seven virtues needed to live a happy life.
What I found is that if one of the Theological or Cardinal virtues is lacking, then they all tend to suffer. This was my case. So, I prayed for increased virtue, and I lost a lot of weight. Everything came into balance. Then I got a little cocky and thought I could “indulge” a little here and there, and before you knew it, the weight started going up again.
Now, I am back at reassessing my Virtue Maturity. I have some work to do; but that is what we call the journey of life. I am starting with increased trust in Jesus to help me (faith), and that gives me hope. It also makes me feel better (love). I am starting the new year with renewed energy to make prudent eating decisions (prudence and justice). God will give me the grace of temperance and fortitude to get me back on track.
Virtues Guide, 2nd Ed.
In my Virtues Guide, Second Edition, I outline unwanted behavior, and clue you in on the virtue(s) that need work to change the unwanted behavior to desired behavior. I give you the correlating virtue to combat the unwanted behavior. Then, I provide you with a definition of the desired virtue, Scriptural passages pertaining to the virtue, and practical suggestions on how to practice said virtue. If you haven’t already gotten your free guide, then click here. If you have read the Guide, let us know how it has helped you by commenting in the Comments section below.
Call to Action: Assess Your Virtue Maturity
Journey with me in removing unwanted behavior from your life. Assess your Virtue Maturity, make the necessary changes, and start living a happier life!
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