We live in a world where we can get what we want almost instantly. If we want an computer, we can just go to a store and buy one. If we want to buy music online, we click a button or two and our music is available to listen to in the time it takes to download it.
This idea of instant gratification works against an important human characteristic called patience. We need to have patience. It develops character. Having patience shows that we respect one another by not rushing other people. I’ve heard it said many times that when you wait for something the pleasure of actually receiving it or achieving it is all the more better.
Furthermore, God doesn’t work instantly. He isn’t going to provide you with answered prayers in seconds because God works on His own schedule not ours. If God granted our every prayers when we asked for them, we would all be rich with big houses and nobody would ever get sick or die. Sounds good, right? Well, it might sound good but it defeats the purpose of life. How are we suppose to know God personally if we are just looking for answered prayers? Doesn’t say much about our faith does it? If God were to do such a thing, how would we ever learn from our mistakes or have a love that’s not based on materialistic possessions or the granting of wishes?
Now Christmas is getting closer and closer. We could grant our materialistic wishes by asking for certain things or we could do something different. I’m going to admit that when someone asks me what I want for Christmas, I’m not really sure what I want. When you have almost everything that you want, what more is there to want? I’m finding a lot of people are in this situation in this day and age.
So here is the solution! Instead of getting, give! Ask people who want to give you a gift to make a donation to a charity in your name. Give gifts to people who can’t afford them or put all your money towards adopting a child in need.
Use the rare human characteristic of patience not only when it comes to your prayers or wishes but towards other people. They will appreciate when someone waits for them. Patience is kindness. Having patience means not ending up angry because you have to wait. Sometimes waiting and having patience is the best part. It’s the journey not the destination, right?
When has having patience been rewarding to you?
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