Patience Worketh

I went to the temple this morning. I had the day off from work and I just felt the need. I was praying about various things in my life, and I kept praying and praying and finally the answer came to me. It was very simple. As I was reading the scriptures (2nd Peter Chapter 1) the word just jumped right out at me: PATIENCE. Big surprise. Now, I always kind of thought that I had patience locked down pretty good. I have a very long fuse, I tend to not make a fuss, I bide my time. But as I thought more upon patience, I’ve realized that I have never had any patience whatsoever. I have counterfeited patience with laziness, timidity, hopelessness and above all, lowered expectations. I don’t work and wait, I just decide something is not going to happen and I don’t have to bother about it. Just because there are things you supposedly want and you don’t have them yet doesn’t mean you know anything about patience. So, no forcing the issue on anything, but no giving up or writing it off, either. “Knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5).

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