Patience

Today…I Choose Patience…“I will overlook the inconveniences of the world.  Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so.  Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray.  Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.”  Max Lucado – When God Whispers Your Name

In 1999, when Caroline and I moved to Colorado Springs, two negative things impacted me greatly: 1) The altitude; I was sick for two weeks. 2) The stop lights; waiting at stop lights really tested my patience.  In my forestry career I was out in the woods, far away from traffic and lights and civilization most of the time. The rural county in which we lived, in Washington State, bordered Canada and there was only one stop light in the whole county!

Sixteen years later I still find myself struggling when the red light just never seems to change to green.  I admit, in a few instances when no traffic was in sight and my patience had grown very thin…I ran the light.  Lord, please forgive me!

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.”  Excerpt from Desiderata (“desired things”) by Max Ehrmann 1927

But, I have also found that the few moments of “peace” at the stop light can be a valuable and refreshing time of prayer.  A moment of  silence and reflection…a reality check reminding me of that which is of real importance.  I don’t use each one as wisely as I should…but I am learning.

Today…I choose patience.

 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  James 1:2-4 NIV

May you experience the gifts of patience…and perseverance…today.

Mike

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