It has actually become a mantra of mine here in Utah. If I have learned anything during this year… taking it slow and using a little patience has become a life-line for me! For those who know me well, patience has not been something I would have called a strength of mine in the past. When I knew what I wanted or felt like I had a good idea, I usually ran with it and tried to drag along as many people as possible in the process. In life and business this appeared at times to be a great asset to have… to be driven was celebrated and called leadership! This year has been an education in life, ministry and leadership… and what I have learned this year above EVERYTHING is this… being driven doesn’t excuse us from being able to discern when to wait and exercise self control i.e. patience, and when to act!
Some people say don’t pray for patience because God will test you with it… I say we can’t afford not to be patient!
Galatians 5:22-25 says… “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”
May we all learn to know the difference between times of patience and times of action!
“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it” – Arnold H. Glasgow