One Word: Patience

The Pastor mentioned a couple of weeks ago during Staff Meeting that he read a new book that placed a totally different spin on “New Year’s Resolutions”.  Everyone knows that these resolutions routinely die within a short span.  He challenged each of us to come up with a single word that we want to emphasis all year long.  This word should assist us in becoming a more committed disciple of Christ.  We should allow the word to come to us instead of forcing one from our thoughtful actions.

I came up with a word, after I contemplated the challenge and thought this is a good word for the year.  But, that was not what the Pastor wanted.  He wanted a word from God to intercept my thoughts, not me thinking about it and generating one, just for the satisfaction of the challenge.  Before I got home that afternoon I heard a word, “Patience”. This was a strong word that just popped into my head, and before I got home I forgot the word I originally came up with.

Therefore, I decided that maybe patience should be my word.  I thought about this word and why it was important for me to contemplate.  Patience is a virtue, everyone has heard that.  If I develop patience I also develop the ability to wait for a long time without becoming annoyed or upset.  Patience complements determination and peace while it transcends frustration.  Biblically speaking, patience contrasts the deadly sin of wrath.  Just consider Ephesians 4:2, “Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings peace.

Consider David in Psalm 40:1; “I waited patiently for the Lord’s help; then he listened to me and heard my cry.

This year I strive to have more patience with my family, friends, and even people that show me no patience.  My last Blog during Advent was “Love”.  Look at 1 Corinthians 13:4  “Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud…”  It appears to me that I was lead to choose patience.  

Just imagine what we can do “In Community, On Mission”, if we each have a positive word for 2018.  I feel I have met the Pastor’s challenge, how about you?  

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