The Art of Patience

In America and in many other parts of the world where everything needs to happen in 0.0001 seconds, many of us don’t understand that patience isn’t just something you do when you’re bored, but it’s something that has the power to release the Kingdom of God on Earth in a greater measure. With smartphones, tablets, airplanes, email, etc, everything in modern day culture is getting faster and faster, but breakthrough doesn’t happen so quickly. That’s when we get offended with God.

When we refuse to be patient, we not only end up offended with God, but we end up jealous of other people who actually embraced the process of their pain until they got to their breakthrough. Being patient and waiting for your breakthrough has nothing to do with sitting down doing nothing and expecting for everything to just magically fall into place one day.

The reason patience is like art is because the timing of your breakthrough is unexpected and unpredictable, yet if you’re tenacious, eventually, what you’re believing will happen will come true even if it doesn’t look the way you expect.

On the flip side, patience has nothing to do with us running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to make everything happen in our own strength.

When I started writing my first book, I had no idea what the heck I was doing, and I almost gave up more times than I can count. People told me that I was wasting my time and that I should get a real job. People told me that the world doesn’t need another person writing a book since there are enough books already in the world.

At the end of the day what kept me going wasn’t what people told me, but it’s what Jesus told me. It took a year to write my first book, and it was about 50,000 words. I didn’t have to make it that long, but that’s how long I knew it needed to be. I didn’t write that book while I was sitting in my room listening to someone playing the harp all day long, I worked a full-time job and made the time to write, even when I didn’t feel like writing.

I stayed up late at night more times than I can count, I sacrificed hanging out with my friends in the evenings and on weekends so that I could write, and I made time when I thought I didn’t have time to write the book God told me to write.

it wasn’t fun spending hours and hours writing in my manuscript and not seeing immediate results from all my hard work. It wasn’t fun spending loads of time on something that I wasn’t making any money on at the moment, but I kept going because I wasn’t focused on what was happening from day to day. I was focused on what God called me to do, and of the people, I knew God wanted me to impact.

Patience truly is an art, and when we can learn to use it to fulfill the purpose God has for our lives, that’s when we’ll start to understand what a virtue patience really is.

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