Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Everyone Has Patience

Successful People Learn to Use It

Several years ago a speedboat driver was in a serious accident.  In recounting what had happened, she said that she had been at top speed when her boat veered just slightly, hitting a wave at a dangerous angle.  The combined force of her speed and the size and angle of the wave sent the boat spinning wildly into the air.  She was thrown from her seat and propelled deeply into the water.  She was thrust so deeply into the water that she could not see any light from the surface.  Being a little dazed, she had no idea which direction was "up."

Rather than panic, the woman remained calm and waited for the buoyancy of her life vest to begin pulling her up.  Then she swam heartily in that direction.

We often find ourselves surrounded by many voices, each with a different opinion, and we simply don't know which way is "up."  When this happens we need to exercise patience and spend time in quiet solitude.  We need to listen to that still, small voice deep inside us that will point the way.  We need to spend time reading our Bibles and learning.

Remember, a few minutes, hours, days, or even months of "waiting" may mean the difference between sinking or floating.

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
James 1:4

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