Have you ever had days, weeks or months when Murphy’s Law dominated your life? Nothing catastrophic. Just one after another after another inconvenience. Disrupting your routine. Stealing time. Sucking cash out of your wallet. Testing both your patience and faith.
Welcome to my world of late. So much so I asked God Tuesday. Why does everything have to be so hard?
I was reaching the breaking point. Asking myself. Will I persevere or throw in the towel? Will I remain obedient— faithful, no matter the circumstances?
Yes, the Lord allows you and I to experience adversity, defeating disappointment, even betrayal. So we can learn patience and in the process. Remove worthless, ineffectual paradigms.
Paradigms such as:
- I am in control.
- I do not have to surrender everything in my life to God.
- All my desires are God’s desires for me.
What can you do to increase patience?
- Diligently study and obey God’s precepts.
- Trust God. Depend upon His goodness and faithfulness.
- Praise and thank Him for His will being done in your life.
- Seek His Kingdom. Think eternally, not temporally.
- Live a life of spiritual excellence.
- Daily discipline your mind by completing at least one annoying or tedious task.
- Practice relaxation exercises whenever you feel impatient. (Mayo Clinic Relaxation Techniques)
- Remind yourself that things take time. Think about your happiest memories. Would you have these memories if you had been impatient?
- Look at the bigger picture. Will this matter one year from now?
- Take a few minutes daily to do nothing.
Patience is powerful. It promises a rainbow after the rain. And everyone knows at the end of the rainbow is a pot of gold!
Be a VOICE in the deafening sound of sameness!