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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 3, 2012 - Give Me Patience … Right Now!

By Doug Clay

Don’t you wish the world was a perfect place? A world where:

Chocolate had no calories.

Procrastination would be an honored virtue.

Teenagers would rather clean their rooms than talk or text on cell phones.

Politicians would pay us taxes.

Kids on trips would say, “Isn’t riding in the car fun?” and then they’d fall right to sleep?

Men would go through labor! (I don’t really think this would be a good idea!)

People would drive considerately, and the lights would always be green.

Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, and that’s why we need patience. “A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly” (Proverbs 14:29, NIV).

Here’s what I am learning …

Impatience rarely makes things faster or better — it usually causes more grief, tension and stress!

Alan Morinis says, “The problem with impatience is that it usually takes only a split second for its first glowing embers to ignite into flames that course through us even before we’ve become aware that they have started up. Impatience snuffs out consciousness, and before you ever know it’s happening, you are leaning on your horn, or you’re going hoarse yelling at your children or the postman. At this point you don’t even recognize yourself, and there is little to be done but to try to rein in these feelings enough to minimize any damage you might do.”

It is so much better to catch your impatience as it is rising, rather than regretting what you say or what you do after it has come out.

Leo Tolstoy said, “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”

Benjamin Franklin said, “He that can have patience can have what he will.”

The apostle Paul said, “Love is patient” (1 Corinthians 13:4).

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.

 

 

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