If things are going to your time line, your not really being patient. If things are unfolding in the way you wish, you don’t need to be persistent. And if things are cruisey you don’t need grit your teeth tenacity.
Life may be simpler if we didn’t need those things but I’d like to propose that it would not be better. (Well, it would feel like it was, but not really in the long run; we’d never grow).
You see diamonds come because of pressure. Pearls come due to irritation (I’m thinking I said this recently already🤔) and well good tea comes in the brewing. What’s this to do with you, I hear your heart quietly ask. Everything!
You see that delay, that inconvenience, that frustration; all has the opportunity to bring about growth (groan😏). Our growth as people, comes not some much in the things that life throws at us; but in the way we handle it.
Do we throw a tantrum, a pity party, a denial gathering or do we simply acknowledge it, and choose to respond. I mean really – do we choose to respond well.
I believe all to often things arise and we duck and weave in our emotions about it. But what if?
What if, instead we paid attention to our emotions. And we let them be the guide post to our believe system. Showing us what we are believing deep down in the recesses of our heart.
Once we know what we believe – it can then be challenged. But you can’t challenge what you can’t see. And you can’t see what your not looking for. (I’m pretty deep for 11:33pm tonight- must be on a sugar high. Umm donuts!). But I think you catching my drift.
You and only you get to choose how you respond. Others may influence you but you choose. To say you don’t have a choice, in itself shows you a belief system that needs shifting cause when it all boils down to it; not only are we responsible and accountable for our lives; our decisions, our choices- but we are empowered to make them. We are empowered and invited to live in the presence of God daily, and there we discover the way to choose and choose well.
Do me a a favor next time you feel you need a double dose of patience, persistence and tenacity; remember it’s fully available to you. You don’t have to do today alone or any day alone. Not only can God get you through those times- He wants too!
I’m off to conference next week, so not sure if I’ll find time to write or not. So I may or may not see you next week.
Until next time, I’ll leave you with this final thought 💭