An Enduring Patience


By: Susan Bea Good

My basketball team is working through the list of the Fruits of the Spirit, found in Paul’s first-century letter to the believers in Galatia. These spiritual “fruits” are meant to be a sweet blessing to those around us.

Last week was a full schedule. Added to that challenge was the fact that we had only five of our players for the three games. Despite ice, blowing snow, dark country roads, and a minimal team, we succeeded…because of the patient endurance we have been training to utilize.

Patience is more than just the “hang-on” effort of a desperate kitten. Sometimes the strongest examples of patience engage an active component…good works!

There are certainly times when “stillness” is the most appropriate form of patience. However, even in the stillness it is possible to be active. The mind and spirit work as they search for possibilities.

At times we may find ourselves struggling with more than one of these internal actions…outwardly quiet while inwardly searching. Even if options become available, a choice will need to be made…whether, when, and how to act.

An effort-full patience is required to withold action until it is the “sweet blessing” it was meant to be. The effort is worth it though, so continue to hold on until action is called for. Even then, you might weigh the effect and choose to endure a bit longer.

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus.” (Romans 15:5/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it.



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