Did you know that Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India was a gardener? Ok, well perhaps not a gardener like you may be thinking, but she certainly understood the principle of seed sowing. She began her life race in ministry with very little resources, yet upon her death, she was a world known figure. It is told that when she informed her superiors that she held three pennies and a dream from God to build an orphanage they scoffed and said, ”You can’t build an orphanage with three pennies”¦with three pennies you can’t do anything.” She replied by smiling, I know, but with God and three pennies I can do everything.” Continue reading The Race of Life â€“ How Do Seeds and Gardening Factor In?→
Life takes endurance and some weeks it just takes more than others. When we need to go the extra mile sometimes persistence isn’t enough. We need the extra training that endurance dictates. Endurance signals hard work and difficulty but if you have ever wanted to get better at something or even prepare for the possibilities of life you must be willing to train for endurance.
Endurance training echoes the old refrain ”practice makes perfect.”Often when we think of endurance we immediately think of athletes. If you watched any of the recent Olympian games you realize that those succeeding athletes appear to do so with effortless grace. But if you have ever attempted to do any athletic activity you quickly realize that it isn’t as easy as it looks. Continue reading Endurance: Learning to Manage the Pressure Cooker of Life→
The Hope of Spring follows a Winter of Patient Endurance
Spring has officially arrived by the calendar but perhaps not in the weather depending where you live in the country. We have family and friends spread across the U. S. so I keep abreast of the weather and noted earlier today that next weekÂ the warmer temperaturesÂ of spring will notÂ arrive andÂ some of the country will be receiving a spring snow shower. We know that whatever fluctuationsÂ the weather may have over the next weeks the warmer weather of spring will come. It comes every year as promised on the heels of a winterÂ filled withÂ patient endurance.
Patient endurance is often a hard pill to swallow as most of us are not patient people. We live in a time and world of instant everything and we expect nothing less than that. Some days it seems nothing moves fast enough except the time of which there is not enough. I often find myself getting rather testy when I see the time flying and things not moving fast enough perhaps you can relate to this as well. I have also noted that when time is running out that I tend to try to speed up, perhaps in the car,Â with electronics, orÂ other tasks which often brings to mind the proverb, “Haste makes waste”. Benjamin Franklinis known for this proverb but of course in our haste we have shortened it to only part of the old English version.Â Benjamin FranklinÂ originally said;
Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.
The original quote written by an unknown sourceÂ in 1575, as I understand it,Â is:
Haste makes waste, and waste makes want, and want makes strife between the good man and his wife.
No matter the origins it seems that we humans have been in a hurry for a long time as we just are not good at waiting, our tendency in the patient endurance area seems to be sorely lacking. We do not like to wait on God either as we want instant “fixes” to our problems even if we created them.
It seems like patient endurance may require some training but we must recognize it is necessary to keep us moving forward in the direction that God wants us to go. This week’s focus verse is Hebrews 10:36;
Patient endurance is what you need now, so thatÂ you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receiveÂ all that heÂ has promised. (NLT)