Obedience doesn't come naturally. I watch my children and it's bold face underline obvious.
Same with me. I'm striving to be obedient to God and mostly that means to dive into scripture and keep my mouth shut.
On Friday, I went over "the list." Galatians 5:22, the fruit of the spirit. So, I'm counting them off on my hands. 9 to be exact. Starting with the index finger on the right hand: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness; and moving to the left thumb: Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.
Out of that counting, I get my own gang sign. Like a God sign. With the ones that I've got covered, like Joy, the finger goes back to the palm. The others stick out...pretty much like they stick out in my life.
Patience, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control. Yo, yo, God, what up?
What's your God sign?
Oh, and a caveat: if you only have to work on Joy or Gentleness, or both, don't show your "God sign" to your pastor or neighbor.