Patience is the companion of wisdom. St Augustine
Patience and fortitude conquer all things. Ralph Waldo Emerson
I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday. Author Unknown
Many worthwhile things in life cannot be hurried. Completion or accomplishment cannot be sped up by more effort or speed. Some things cannot be forced to happen. They do not answer to time lines or amounts of effort. They happen due to steps, details and prerequisites being completed and all the parts coming together.
Patience is the discipline to resist the pressure of being in too big a hurry, allowing the right combination of events and circumstances to come together, willing to wait for the right time and place and all necessary factors taking place. It is waiting for things, circumstances and proper conditions to be positioned and ready. By being patient, we resist jumping the gun or going off half-cocked. We wait until the proper stage has been set.
Perseverance is a quality of having endurance and resolve. It is maintaining, keeping on task and focusing on our goals and objectives no matter the obstacles or difficulties. The Energizer Bunny is amazingly perseverant; it keeps going and going. When other sources of energy and power are depleted and fizzled, it is still there and going strong. We are wise to acquire the qualities of what it takes to endure and persevere.
Combining the concepts of patience and persistence means we are super-resilient; we have combined a no quit attitude with a willingness to wait and endure whatever it takes to accomplish a goal or task. We commit to our cause and purpose. It does not matter so much when we accomplish our task. We are not so much in a hurry as we are bound, determined and focused , no matter what, to finish. The Terminator android in the Terminator movies exemplifies these traits. There is no quitting in him. He patiently and persistently pursues his targets.
Most of us need more patience and more persistence. Some of us are in a big a hurry going nowhere. Some of us do not know what we want to do. It is nonsensical to be patiently perseverant without having a determined objective or task. Our first prerequisite is to determine what it is we want to do or accomplish. Once decided, it is not so much a matter of how fast we get there; it is more of a matter of making steady progress each and every day. As long as we patiently persevere we are getting there slowly but surely.
Challenge: The more you have definite purpose, burning desire, mission; something to commit to; the more likely you are patiently persevering toward your task. Without purpose, you have no place to go, nothing to sink your teeth into, nothing in which you believe strongly enough. You have within what it takes to accomplish your goals and dreams. Once you really know what you want; the stage is set and the more likely it is it will happen.
Wisdom: When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
The best attitudes combine purpose, determination, focus, discipline, and a host of other qualities allowing us to have what it takes to accomplish our goals and objectives. When these things are in combination with God’s guidance and direction, we will find ourselves being more fruitful and productive than we have ever been. There is not much we cannot do and accomplish when we put these qualities together and then allow God to help us.
Prayer: Help me to get my act together. Help me to increasingly look to you for guidance and direction.