Monday, July 9, 2018

Patience is better...

"Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city." -- Proverbs 16:32
We used to live in an urban region that produced a wide array of rage. We saw road rage, shopping rage, restaurant rage, sport rage and family rage. Call it what you will, this lack of patience is epidemic everwhere. Such conduct takes the peace and joy out of simple pleasures. The greatest personal victory and community blessing is found in the exercise of patience.
Solomon knew that conquering the whole world was of little import, compared to conquering the temper. When the temper is controlled, the efforts to succeed are improved exponentially. Patience allows us to wait out the setbacks in life and press on to accomplishment. We will always see life more clearly through the lens of patience. 
When you find yourself in a fit of rage, do you ever consider the cost? Do you stop and consider the alternative and its value? Patience is often a choice my friend. By the power of Christ, we can choose to control our temper and show the world the beauty and blessing of patience.

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