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Friday, January 23, 2015

Think about it.....

by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
James 1:2-4

I’ve got to tell you I used to think I was a very patient guy. The passage above has been a very important part of my life and I’ve understood that when problems come, and they do, that there’s often more going on then just what I see. Trusting in the fact that something good will come out of the situation, I’ve learned to endure and have patience while I go through the process. But I’ve learned that the patience that I thought I had isn’t as good as I thought it was. Actually, I’m not very patient when it comes to things I have no control over or for those things that go on and on.

Three months ago I pulled a groin muscle and the healing process is taking forever. Alright maybe not forever, but it certainly feels that way. Now I do know that I’m progressing, only not as fast as I’d like. I’ve been to the ER, the doctor, and the massage therapist and I’m still gimping around. I have a hot tub and I’ve found that soaking in it is helpful so I’m out in it at least once a day and more often twice. During some of the more difficult times I could be found in the hot tub at 2am just to have some relief. I’ve iced it, used heating pads and I’m still not back to where I’d like to be and I don’t like it. One of the people that I’ve seen said that now I know why football players are out for the season with groin injuries. Well that’s fine for a football player, but I’m not one and I don’t even know how I did it. Right now, my patience is running very thin. The only thing I can do is to take one day at a time. I gauge what I can do for today and do it. Usually that means I walk, (gimp), three miles a day or whatever I can safely do, and cautiously try not to over do it. I guess that patience can only be worked out in the moment and can’t be rushed. 

Think about it.


Tom Maynard said...

Patience. Yep, Think about it, constantly, and pray about it, constantly. Then try harder to be patience. Just the awareness of your lack of patience helps improve your patience and endurance. So saith a old man on his new awakening to his life long unawareness of a lack of patience. Now working on it. Thank you Jesus. God bless us all.

Anonymous said...

Try reading Lone Survivor, the story of Marcus Lutrell,then you will understand strenght, faith and determination.

Anonymous said...

Thank You and please keep sharing your words of wisdom. They are helpful and at other times they are very helpful nevertheless, they cause a person to stop and think. I can only speak for myself but sometimes I need to hit the reset button and you've done this wonderfully on several occasions. Thank You again.

Anonymous said...

1. Patience is a sign of inner peace. When one is at ease with oneself, with what one has done with one's life, and with one's approaching death, time loses its urgency and becomes more an ocean than a stream.
2. Patience allows one to listen and observe before one acts or speaks. It allows events to reach maturity, so that choice can be better informed by circumstance. It allows time for words and acts to put on weight, so as to appear abroad with sufficient dignity.

3. One is patient with what one has accepted and impatient with what one resists. One is patient with what one loves and impatient with what one resents. Thus the more one loves life and accepts death and pain, the more patient one will be.

4. If patience expands one's time, tolerance expands one's space, allowing differences to generate interest rather than conflict so that one can learn from them and live in a wider world.

5. When others can also be right, one can begin to see the world from multiple points of view, and one's field of thought becomes more like a galaxy than like the narrow mountain valley of one's birth.

Anonymous said...

Awesome 10:39