5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
We should never stop learning, never stop growing, never stop trying to become better. The qualities of goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love are not acquired in one single activation. They require a continual maintenance and a constant striving for improvement and refinement.
If you or I think this current existence is good enough, we are deceiving ourselves. Our life is not meant to reside on a plateau, but rather on an increasing curve whose tail continues upward toward infinity. We can't settle for this meager life. We must want and hope and dream to become better and more like Christ, especially during the times when we are waiting and not fighting. We are must vulnerable during those quiet times..