Posted by: pastordarren | October 8, 2014

Developing Patience

I have not posted here in a while, but after moving to Dallas First Christian Church in Dallas, OREGON (not Texas) and being here for about a year, it is time to start again.  I will be trying to post 2 or 3 times a week, at least one addressing the sermon for the coming week.  I always invite your comments and thoughts, as long as they are respectful of everyone.

One of the issues that I’ve been dealing with is the development of patience.  Here are some thoughts:

How many times do we, in our everyday lives, miss different things, chances to grow as believers, chances to touch the lives of our neighbors (someone with a need), chances to show love to those who need to know that love. There is a great scene in the movie “Evan Almighty” where God (Morgan Freeman), meets with Even’s wife as she is trying to figure out what is happening. As they talk, God speaks these words: “. . . Sounds like an opportunity. Let me ask you something, if someone prays for patience, do you think God gives them patience or does He give them the opportunity to be patient? If they prayed for courage, does God give them courage or the opportunity to be courageous? If someone prays for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm, fuzzy feelings or does He give them opportunities to love each other?” (Click here to view the video clip.)  I have been wondering lately about that word ‘opportunity’.

There are times each day where we have opportunities to grow, to be stretched, and to respond to what is placed before us. Wouldn’t it be nice to pray for something – patience, courage, close family, peace, self-control, etc. – and have them immediately a part of our lives. It might be nice but it would be too easy. It would be like taking a short cut in learning something or getting somewhere and missing the journey, and sometimes the struggle to get there.

The journey of faith is just that, a journey. We don’t get to the end immediately nor do we have everything done for us. We have opportunities each day to notice what is around us and how we are going to respond. Many times, I find myself focused on other things and not on what the Holy Spirit is trying to show me and teach me. Specifically, the lesson of patience. The process of purchasing a house, the waiting for the paperwork to go through has, and continues to be, a lesson of learning patience and waiting for God’s timing in things.

I pray for patience and get opportunities to be patience with the process and people. Sometimes I’m not, but I’m learning and in the learning, the lessons learned will stick. Are you aware of your opportunities around you?

Peace.

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  1. Well said Pastor Darren!

    Sincerely,

    Brian D. Tormey T 917.696.8039 E brian@briantormey.com W briantormey.com |linkedin.com/in/btormey


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