Gifted with Patience

To be gifted with patience is to have peace and joy.  People free from darkness have wisdom, tenderness, and love.  These are the beginnings of a boundless path that’s faithful to Almighty God.  Moreover these are simply expressions of caring in Christ, who loves his creation.  Through him we’ll come to know his healing presence, and what it is to love, and serve others.

Robert H. Schuller (1926–2015), a Christian televangelist, pastor and motivational speaker said, “Never cut a tree down in the winter time.  Never make a negative decision in the low time.  Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods.  Wait.  Be patient.  The storm will pass.  The spring will come.”  It’s all well and good for Christians to make decisions in promoting their churches’ agenda, but Schuller feels this must be done at the right time.  We have to be patient, and wait for those special moments.

Patience in Weaving

 To be effective believers must weave their plans like yarn to achieve the best results.  Let them undertake ministries when they are joyful, and free from anxieties.  They ought to use opportunities to nurture the weak, hopeful in reviving the comatose, and persevere in faithful prayers.  While optimistic they must be watching for better results, fighting the good fight, and kindling the fires of hopefulness.  With love there are golden rays of delight in lifting their crosses towards heaven.  In building these bridges, this is how they will discover the greatest friendships of their lives.  They are able to witness these expressions when they embraced his true love.

Richard P. Feynman (1918–1988), a theoretical physicist wrote, “Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.”  This statement readily sums up the interrelationships of our loving-kindness that permeates the depths of our souls.

Peace & Joy

Much of what’s centered on a well-lived life is by finding peace and joy.  People become free from the bondage of sin.   They touch serenity and their hearts are filled with the oil of gladness.  This happens when Christians are practitioners of Christ’s teachings.  They evangelize as they look forward to their eternal rewards.  This is trustworthy love that’s based on truth.  Greg Anderson (b. 1966), a current personal trainer said, “Focus on the journey, not the destination.  Joy is found not in finishing the activity but in doing it.”  Anderson may well be talking about athletes, or those in our physical culture.  But for Christians joy is found not only in our spiritual walk, but in the abundance of rewards in unexpected places.

New Every Morning

Whatever people end up doing be sure to proceed with happiness, because around every corner there may be surprises, and teachable moments.  The power in the Word is like a furnace that’s igniting love.  Such is the mystery when people show love and feed the poor.  While volunteering their service charitable workers are able to tap into this phenomenon.  This special kind of love is put into practice by helping the least among us.

Leo Buscaglia (1924–1998), an author, motivational speaker and professor of Special Education at the University of Southern California, wrote, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”  It’s for believers to use these subtle and not-so-subtle ways to promote goodness among people.  Buscaglia’s words are useful especially when interacting with less fortunate in our midst.  These compliments though will work for everyone in every place most of the time.

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