Various friends and relatives were at the wedding. One relative there was my little cousin Aric nephew of the groom , a very active seven year-old. Aric and I hit it off right away.
We spent several days together helping with the wedding details. As you can imagine, weddings are not something little often kids enjoy. I spent as much time as I could distracting Aric so that his parents could enjoy the festivities.
We were into the second day of our four-day trip when we decided to take a ride in one of the beautiful horse-drawn carriages around downtown Charleston. While waiting for our turn, I noticed Aric was getting very impatient. He squirmed and would occasionally sigh loudly. I finally said to Aric not to worry, that it would be our turn soon, that we just had to wait. We have to be patient.
I asked, "Do you know what that means? It means you have to wait…wait with a good attitude. Yes, being patient does mean waiting. But the difference - as a Christian, as a follower of Christ - is the attitude that goes with it. I think of all the things in life that we must be patient for and how my own attitude has been tested. I can get tired of waiting sometimes and try and create my own path. I look around and see where God has taken others in their careers.
The Power of Patience Change I get so tired waiting for people to change. I get tired of whining, stuck-in-the-spin-cycle people. They constantly talk about their struggles but do nothing about it. But then God reminds me that part of this spin cycle for some is where they will figure it out. Some of us need time to hear ourselves complain to the point we do get tired and make the changes. Some of us, including myself, need to remember we have been in the same place.
Listening to our friends share their hurts, their struggles is where we can strengthen our patience. OK, so yes, this is my life. This is my house, my city, my church, my friends, etc. But is this it, Lord? Is this the plan? I mean, is this all there is? I thought I would be in a different place by now? We can all put something in the blank. Perhaps you live where you live to reach your lost neighbors. Perhaps you are at your church because God wants you to help serve. Perhaps you have this set of friends vs.
But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life 1 Timothy 1: She was terrified of being alone. Her emotions were blinding her from seeing God in her situation. Upon talking more with her, I asked her some hard questions about her personal walk with God.
You see folks, as you draw closer to God he helps you with the wait. He is the one who gives you the right attitude to endure. He calms your heart and gives you his peace to keep going knowing his way and his path is what we want. She then asked me if there was hope. I said, yes, by all means there is still hope to get married.
But in the midst of hoping, seek more of God. You will get to the place, like myself that you are good either way. I have God and the enormous family of Christ around me. Well, Aric and I waited patiently through the wedding ceremony to a splendid reception where he could run around and have fun. Was it worth the wait, I asked Aric? He nodded and quickly disappeared into the dancing crowd. That is what I want God to see in me: Kris has served in ministry in various capacities for the last 25 years.
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