As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in his divine nature.
So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:3-8 NLT Ed. 1)
The Fortis Benefits company in Kansas City hired the Gallup organization to find out why some people return to work more quickly than others. They found that the quick returnees almost never think about their physical problems, while those who are slow to come back focus on themselves and their impairment.
His whole message is counter to what our basic human nature is, but it works. We live longer, work more productively, and bless others because of it.