Ecclesiastes 7:8 - Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. (ESV)
Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride. (NLT)
Where someone is being patient, someone is being impatient. That can cause a problem.
When we are impatient, we become discontent. Like our three-year-old in yesterday's post, we want it, and we want it now. So, like our three-year-old, we take it out on the nearest person available. It is usually the one practicing patience.
Have you been the impatient or patient one? We all have at one time or another.
So what can we do?
If you are impatient, you could:
Go into massive debt and struggle for years paying for it.
You could refuse to listen to wisdom and get involved in a relationship that ends up in disaster.
You can make life-changing decisions that you cannot reverse and will regret.
If you are patient, you could:
We could wait for it.
You could ask people with great life experience to mentor you.
You could learn and listen. That's the only way to grow and get better.
Philippians 4:11 - Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. (NLT)
Am I at a place in my life where I feel fulfilled and have achieved all I am going to achieve? No, studies show I am just getting started at 58. But am I content? Yes. Why?
I see God working in my life every day. He has a plan, and it is still unfolding.
I trust God to meet my needs.
He has never failed me, and He will not start today either.
Pray: Dear Jesus, help me to learn patience and contentment. Your wisdom is my friend, and I welcome your presence into my life today. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
AUTHORS NOTE: Some of you may notice that I have started blogging again. While I enjoy this very much, please be patient as I rediscover a new schedule for writing, editing, and posting. I was a little harder than I thought it was going to be.