When I worked in NYC building sets and props, the pace was maddening. No time to think about anything other than getting the job done on time. If I wanted to succeed, the luxury of patience didn't exist. The big reward was the payout at the end of a frantic job. As time went by from job to job, I began to miss the chance to actually enjoy the process vs. the "big reward". I began to add stress factor to my estimates until no one would could pay me enough to rob me of the enjoyment of the process. My new life in the desert is all about embracing patience....rather easy to do when you aren't distracted by deadlines and debt and I can now appreciate the time and the process. Popular culture has destroyed patience. God tests our faith by our patience. His time frame serves us all but tests us on His schedule, not the one our earthly bodies have learned.
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while , and he that shall come will come , and will not tarry . 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back , my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
James 1 KJV
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting . 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing . 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering . For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed . 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.