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Friday, March 28, 2014

Think About It

Waiting

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
(Isaiah 40:31)

The Scriptures have much to say about the waiting upon God. The verse above is just one of many that Christians use as a source of encouragement in difficult times. Many seem to interpret waiting as inactivity when in reality, waiting in the sense that it is used in the verse above, is an action.

One of the most annoying things in life is waiting; waiting in line, waiting on the phone, waiting for people. This type of waiting brings the most frustration and anger. Why? Well simply because we have placed our lives on hold and subjected ourselves to something or someone whom we have no control over. We have all probably stayed home all day waiting for a phone call that never came, or a package that never arrived. It is this type of waiting that is the most destructive and frustrating to our lives.

Waiting that places our lives on hold is very non-productive, yet we all have done it. Some however never seem to learn as they place themselves in the same type of situation time and time again. Some may argue that good things come to those that wait, but I say that good things come to those that are actively doing something. For example instead of waiting for the phone call, make the call yourself. The problem is when we see waiting as inaction instead of action. Waiting needs to have limits and boundaries, those that don’t and are open ended leave the one who is waiting in a powerless state. And as you probably already know, it’s not a fun place to be. So what’s the solution? First, if your life is about waiting for others or things to happen, then simply stop it and take back control. Second, identify what’s going on in your own life that you are allowing yourself to be put under something or someone’s power. Finally, remember that waiting that doesn’t involve an action is not waiting; it’s giving away your power and control. Think about it.

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