When I returned to the States from Mozambique; my pastor gave me a bible verse to reflect on and live by. It was 1 Corinthians 10:23 which states: "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify." His exact words were, "All things are permissible; but all things do not edify." To my understanding; being edified means being refined and instructed. That which edifies you leads you to what is truly good, purposeful, and long-term. It is beneficial for not only yourself; but those around you; and that's the catch. It's not just about you; it's about those you affect. When you are edified; you affect your environment in a positive way. You contribute to your community and care for the well-being of others; and not just their bodies but their souls.
I lack conviction. I lack follow-through. I dove right into the "all is permissible" part of the verse. I'm yet to actively participate and initiate that which edifies.
Here's to significant change. Let's see which steps I take towards a better me.