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Wednesday Wrap-up: 1.5.2010

“Be joyful in hope, PATIENT IN AFFLICTION, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

Tonight we began our January study in patience. This is a well timed study for me as there are many things in my life that have been trying my patience lately... a lot! I love that this verse in a section of the Bible titled: “Love in Action.” The hardest time to be patient is during affliction.

When I was a summer camp Jr. counselor I remember one of the Sr.  counselors telling me not to pray for patience, because then we are asking to learn it! I had some tough kids that made me think I would go crazy, but by the end of the week, I wouldn’t want them to leave. It is easy to go about the task before you when it is easy, but when the task is difficult it can be the hardest thing we face. This is true in pretty much every aspect of our lives.

When I face affliction whether brought on internally or externally I really want that season in life to pass us by. So often I get so wrapped up in what is wrong that I miss all that is right. I don’t ever say I hope this drags on as long as possible so that I can learn the most I can from it. (But really, does anybody?) I should though, be patient with the situation so that I can grow and mature from it. I love that in the verse above patience is flanked by joy, hope, faith and prayer. For me patience REQUIRES joy, hope, faith and prayer. If I don’t have joy no matter what then I want life to pass me by as quickly as possible, I give up, say its too much and move on. Hope gets us going... whether it is the hope of grabbing breakfast out to get me out of bed or the hope of heaven to keep our heads up high, we have to have hope to thrive. Faith requires me to believe in more than just me, it requires me to look around me and see that I am not the most important person in the world that there are others who are in better and worse situations than I am. And finally prayer. If If didn’t have my own prayers to offer and the prayers of friends to beseech. I would be lost in this world. There is so much more to patience than just waiting, there is strength and growth and motivation!

Stay tuned as we continue our discussion of faith!

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