Exercise it?

My friend, may I ask you a question? What is easily taught but not soon learned? The answer? Could it be patience? If there’s one thing that few are capable of doing well it’s practicing a patient, waiting attitude when it comes to God’s promises. But is are there blessings awaiting us if we endure the hardships God ordains in our lives?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

What is easily taught but not soon learned? The answer? Patience. If there’s one thing that few are capable of doing well it’s practicing a patient, waiting attitude when it comes to God’s promises. He promises blessings if we endure the hardships. We flinch at the hardships and soon forget the goal. He teaches endurance if we’re willing to endure the pain. We feel the pain and soon lose the motivation to try. The things of this life seem so important. It’s hard to focus on things spiritual even when God’s instruction is plain. What’s the secret to being a patient Christian, focused on eternity and dedicated to getting to heaven rather than making it here on earth?

George Matheson writes, “We commonly associate patience with lying down. We think of it as the angel that guards the bed of the sick person. Yet there’s a patience that I believe to be harder – the patience that can run. To lie down in the time of grief, to be quiet under the stroke of adverse fortune, implies a great strength; but I know of something that implies a strength greater still: it’s the power to work under stress; to have a great weight on your heart and still run; to have a deep anguish in your spirit and still perform daily tasks. It’s a Christ-like thing! The hardest thing is that most of us are called to exercise our patience, not in the sickbed but in the street.” (Our Daily Bread, April 8.)

When God demands patience from us in the things of this life, there’s only one way to get that patience and make it work for us. We need to look at this life, the things that are happening all around us, with a squint and an eye on tomorrow. We need to practice blinking at the things that happen to us daily and opening our eyes wide and clear to that which will happen to us someday when our lives are finished. Move the “real” around, so to speak. Heaven is the real thing and life here on earth is the unreal, the unnatural, that which is not really all that promising at all. Practice squinting at the things that happen to you by day; and tonight, when you kneel down to pray, open your eyes to heaven. With one hand on the tasks of the day and the other firmly grasping the hope of heaven tomorrow, God will grant you the courage to wait patiently. If only you are willing to close your eyes to the here and now and open them to things eternal.

We pray. Heavenly Father, we pray for the virtue of patience, in our hearts, homes and our lives. We want to wait patiently for Your will to enfold in our lives. May we learn to wait patiently for You to bring Your answers to our prayers. We want to cooperate and wait on Your plans for us. Lord, teach us to be patient – with life, with people, and with ourselves. We sometimes try to hurry things along too much, and we push for answers before the time is right.Teach us to trust Your sense of timing rather than our own and to surrender our will to Your greater and wiser plan. In Jesus name. Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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