Lately, I've been learning about the Lord's time. I mean, I've been learning that not everything happens when I want it to. Even if I pray asking for something to happen, and it doesn't happen, it may not be that what I prayed for wasn't the Lord's will, but it wasn't the right time. Often, I pray for something, and I'll ask for it right now. And often, it happens gradually. I have been learning to be patient, but sometimes it is difficult. On Sunday, there was a talk given about patience. Here are some of the notes I took that stood out to me:
- Often, the hardest times of our life forms our character
- God-like patience requires effort
- without patience, we cannot be happy
- Patience isn't: just sitting and waiting, effortless, passive or fear
- True,, God-like patience IS:faithful, requires effort
- The Lord does bless our lives when we are patient
- We need to be patient with ourselves, just like we need to be patient with others
- And, a great analogy: Patience is like a marathon. we must steadily pace ourselves so that we can reach the final sprint.
"Nevertheless, without patience, we cannot please God; we cannot become perfect. Indeed, patience is a purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace."
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I know that patience is a God-like attribute. And I'm grateful to have this life to acquire this, and many other righteous attribute.