Sunday, December 9, 2012

patience

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. 

Hebrews 11 KJV
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.     

8 comments:

John Wells said...

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Larry G said...

re: patience

a thoughtful thought...

I'd add - there is a time and a place for patience.

and patience may actually be required at the same time things are hectic.

picture a canoe on a frantic whitewater river where you don't have time to be "too" patient but at the same time you must be patient to discern where to navigate towards.

the same could be true on a beltway in heavy traffic.. which i'm sure john no longer has to endure... probably the worst that he sees is 3 cars backed up at a stop light, eh?

:-)

John Wells said...

hmmmm...the closest stoplight to me is 150 miles away in Ft. Stockton...but sometimes I get stuck at the train crossing in Alpine. My record time from upstate NY back to Manhattan was 2 hours. I thought I was gonna beat that record one time till I hit traffic on the BQE. Total drive time that day was 4 hours. Those distractions are gone now. Plenty of time for patience.

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West Tx at Heart said...

John, I fell for the Pine, Harvard on the Hill, and MaMa Tillys (gone now but not forgoten) the summer of 81. I have always said that "You either love South West Texas the moment you see it or you Hate it. I have yet to meet anyone who had it grow on them." However the land and the area will force patience upon you. I look forward to your post and pics daily as they give me a sence of touching home. Thanks for your blog.

Jay said...

I'm glad to see that you met your deadline to get your blog posted.

;)

cindylouwho too said...

When my kids were younger, I would pray for patience. One day at a women's prayer meeting we were taking prayer requests. I put patience down. A much more mature Christian friend said, "NO! You don't ever want to pray for patience!". I asked "why not?". She said you learn patience through trial and tribulations.

No wonder I had such a hard time with my little ones! Patience was learned, though.

Love your Sunday postings. and all the rest of the week, too!

Rev.jimmyleebob said...

now that you have been called to preach I suspect you'll learn to appreciate the meaning of that word fully........