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You've heard me say, "Frustration is eventually productive."  You've also heard me say, "It's all about the journey, not the destination."  Well, I have to be honest with you.  I do not like to be frustrated for very long and I don't like long arduous journeys.  In other words, I run out of patience.

Now before some of you start chattering about how patience is a Godly virtue and that I just need to settle down, read this.

Proverbs 13:12  Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

God understands that we have our limits.  

Paul understood my plight when he said in 2 Timothy 4:7.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  In other words, the journey is difficult but worth it if you keep your faith.

He also said in Philippians 4:11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  Patience and contentment go hand in hand.  Contentment doesn't mean that you're going to settle for, "whatever".  Contentment doesn't mean that you need to lower your goals or standards.  Contentment means that in whatever situation you find yourself in, you know that God is your provider.  Paul tells us that he had been rich and poor.  We know that he was popular and hated.  We know that he was accepted by many and rejected also.  Yet, he was content.  

So how do I deal with my frustration/impatience?

#1 - Keep my eye on the goal.  If I know where I am going, then I know I will get there.  I know, DUH!  Right?  But you would be surprised how many people don't know where they are going but are getting there as fast as they can.

#2 - I work on myself.  I don't blame my circumstances or situations.  I recognize them for what they are, but I take responsibility for my actions. If something needs to change - then I look at myself first.

#3 - Keep God first in my life.  Keeping the faith, as Paul calls it, it what's most important.  I cannot sell my soul.  In other words, if I lose my integrity and character to relieve me of my, "pain" from frustration and impatience the cost is too high.  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to keep the faith!  AMEN 


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