For your consideration…

Our message today is about patience. We know that it is a virtue and that mastering it adds enormous value to our lives. We have had lots of messages about patience. However, today’s message is a lot more specific. When I got it, I thought that it would be difficult finding a picture to adequately portray the message. Then I found the above quote and it is perfect.

Patience is a virtue but it does not mean we are to become doormats. Nor does God’s Timing expect us to be doormats. Part of mastering patience is learning how to be discerning. Every situation is different. Some will require we do nothing at all…bide our time…let things work out on their own. Other situations require some intervention on our part. How we intervene, the finesse we use, is an exercise of patience.

Sometimes it is easier to just “take over” and do everything ourselves. Sometimes it feels good to just “go off.” It is easy to express disappointment, disagreement, disapproval etc. It is much harder to do it in a positive productive way. Ranting and raving with no viable solutions adds to the problem and further buries the solution.

That is where today’s message wants to focus. Patience is indeed a virtue not only passively but also when we use it to positively move forward through problems into win win solutions. Patience requires listening and hearing. It requires seeing past our own ego and feeling when feels right in our soul. It requires suspending judgment.

Perhaps the first thing that we think about when we think about patience is being passive. But today’s message asks us to focus on the active part of patience.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.


Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take…

-Affirm…“I am loved.

-Meditate/pray…ask…”What is my next step for my highest good and the highest good of all?”

-Drink lots of water.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Practice patience…passive and active.


What made me smile yesterday…

-A good book.

-We all feel like we are getting on the better side of our colds.

-We love having Moose here. He is such a good boy. We miss having a pet and will certainly miss Moose when he goes back to Washington. And he will miss our big yard.

-Little tasks done.

-Alex and I found a couple of good movies that we watched last night.


Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris




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