Patient for 2016

The new year is here and already I’m saddened by the number of people who think that they need to put things in highest gear and rocket as fast as possible towards December and their successes.  It’s great to start off strong and get the momentum going, but a year is more like a marathon than a sprint.  Starting off as a sprint is a great reason why so many people get to December 31st and look back with regrets about what they couldn’t accomplish because they ran out of steam.  So as we start off this year I want to remind you of the words of 2 Peter 3:9:

“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”

We know from other verses that God has great plans for us and that He always has a plan and knowledge on how things will go down, so the delay isn’t because He’s clueless. This verse reminds us that He is patient for a reason, and our patience is also for a reason.  There are way more opportunities for those who think things through and take smart actions than those who rush in there without thought.

It’s not easy to be patient, we like knowing that things are getting done and we’re making progress.  We don’t like waiting for things to happen or when things take time to be done properly. Yes, sometimes the best thing is to push forward, but this year I want you to challenge yourself to read things twice before reacting, to listen before yelling, to consider before judging, and to assume the best of someone rather than the worst before you know anything.

I encourage you to sit down with God this week and talk with Him about what He wants you to accomplish this year, your dreams for the upcoming year and ask Him for the patience to get through it all with grace.

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