His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him. (2 Pet. 1:3)

I enjoy peanut-butter sandwiches. This indulgence isn’t bad for me all the time, but I tend to enjoy them more right before bed than I do any other time of day. I know that this snack isn’t the best decision before I lay myself down at night, but I do it anyway.

Similarly, some of our attitudes and behaviors may not be the best for us, yet we participate anyway. These habits may not necessarily be terrible, or they may be things God has specifically brought to our attention to work on. Either way, they are indulgences that can be hard to give up.

We are reminded in this passage that God has given us the knowledge of who He is within our relationship with Him. Through our redemption by Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection, we have seen His divine power in our lives. This recollection of what we’ve seen and experienced should spur us on to live the godly lives He intended for us.

Which of your habits are like late-night peanut-butter sandwiches? Ask God to show you what He wants you to do with them. Then, based on who you know Him to be, follow His direction in changing your “diet.”

Decide today what you are going to do about your life’s peanut-butter sandwiches.

Traver Paul Butcher, a PhD candidate in International Psychology, has a passion for helping individuals encounter God in cross-cultural experiences.