Staying Patient with Myself

 

I confess. Patience is not easy for me. I hate lines, long explanations, waiting on hold and driving in the slow/right lane.  Not surprising, most of the time, I have no patience with myself. Usually, I'm my worst enemy. I always know I can do better, and be better. I don't know about you, but I sometimes I put far too many expectations on myself. I rob myself of peace.

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Paul writes in Philippians 1:6, “And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” (Amplified Bible)

What a relief for someone like me (and maybe you as well). We don’t have to be discouraged with ourselves because we haven’t arrived, or we don’t know all the answers. We just have to “press on”.

Paul is “convinced” and I have to tell you if somebody as smart and Godly as Paul is convinced, I’m in. . .

He says, “will continue”. That means the work has begun in me and it’s ongoing. It's daily. It’s staying with it, staying connected to Him and realizing that every step is a new adventure with Him.

Then, he says, “developing that good work”. So it not only continues, it’s always developing. We’re always maturing, always being molded and shaped in His image as long as we stay connected and open.

This is a key verse for those of us who are type-A, never-satisfied people. It gives those of us who seem to have no patience with ourselves real hope.

Remember:

  • God is pleased with us and He loves us
  • Keep pressing on
  • God is dealing with us and working on us and through us every day
  • Enjoy the journey with Him
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6 Responses to “Staying Patient with Myself”

  1. Jim Seybert says:

    Man-o-man, I hear you and feel your pain.
    Waiting in line is death, and listening to someone drone on (and on) without getting to their obvious point, drives me up the wall.
    Further on in the same letter, Paul encourages me to focus on the good things around me, and suggests that in doing so I will find a peace that’s impossible to understand.
    I’ve tried it. it works.

  2. Couldnt agree more with you Jim, thats another promise we can lean on. Thanks.
    Wayne Hastings
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    No, this isn’t “as good as it gets.” We’re talking about the hope of heaven and the glory ahead. Check out the new book Have Heart: Bridging the Gulf between Heaven and Earth athttp://www.haveheart.net.

  3. rob harvey says:

    lord give me patience…. NOW!!

  4. Yesterday would have even been better…
    Wayne Hastings
    The Wayne Hastings Company, LLC
    Tel: 615.429.5745
    email: wayne@waynehastings.com
    Blog: waynehastings.blogs.com/offtheshelf
    Twitter: wayne_hastings
    Skype: wayne_hastings
    No, this isn’t “as good as it gets.” We’re talking about the hope of heaven and the glory ahead. Check out the new book Have Heart: Bridging the Gulf between Heaven and Earth athttp://www.haveheart.net.

  5. I share your struggle, Wayne! Thanks for the encouraging insight.

  6. Thanks, Mindy, glad were in this together..
    Wayne Hastings
    The Wayne Hastings Company, LLC
    Tel: 615.429.5745
    email: wayne@waynehastings.com
    Blog: waynehastings.blogs.com/offtheshelf
    Twitter: wayne_hastings
    Skype: wayne_hastings
    No, this isn’t “as good as it gets.” We’re talking about the hope of heaven and the glory ahead. Check out the new book Have Heart: Bridging the Gulf between Heaven and Earth athttp://www.haveheart.net.

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