Patience is the ability to count down before you blast off.
Author Unknown

As I’m sitting here in my home office, I’m contemplating over what has been occupying my mind over the last couple of weeks – PATIENCE. It’s one of those words I struggle through during those long (and it really feels like a long time) waiting periods.

Oh, I’m not talking about the trying patience of standing in a long line at the grocery store with only a few items in your hands or sitting in a small examining room, waiting to see your doctor or trying to teach a child how to tie their shoelaces or anticipating an up-coming event. I’m talking about enduring patience through the trials of life.

I noticed the date and realized it’s almost a month since I held the first print of my book. Not expecting it so soon, I was overwhelmed with emotions perusing the cover, the title page, dedication page, table of contents, the photographs, and the ending. In the back of my mind, I even thought I may have a best seller in my hands. Oh, the dream of every author! But the excitement soon wavered when I began to find error after error. After losing count of all my mistakes, it felt like I crashed. How could I have missed all of these – especially after rereading the book many times?! Yes, I’ve worked with an editor, but what I didn’t do was return the chapters to her for another round of editing. Why didn’t I? I’m foolish and even embarrassed to admit to this – it was because I was not patient. I can’t say I was not patient enough. I wish I could, but no, I was just NOT patient at all to wait. I was overly eager to complete this book and get it out there for anyone who may become inspired or motivated by our story to keep riding on in their own race. I worked very hard with the story, but I didn’t take the time to work out my writing abilities – especially since I am such an amateur writer. It’s not just about proper punctuation, correct spelling and crossing every “t”. Oh no, I’m discovering there’s a lot more to writing a book than just trying to tell a story.

Does any one of you struggle with patience like me? Please tell me I am NOT alone on this! Oh… now I have to be patient to see if someone will respond to this blog.

I’m reminded of a line from Star Wars – Episode III that went something like this: “Control, you must learn control!” insisted Yoda to Luke Skywalker who was learning how to use the force. In my case here, I can imagine God whispering in my ear, “Patience, you must learn patience!”

What is patience and how does one obtain it successfully?

It means “bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint.” ~Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Hmmm. This definition seems to be outdated in relation to our fast-paced society in which we can get a hold of something we want quickly without so much waiting. Even so, I have a lot to learn from this definition and from reading God’s Word about patience.

Getting this book, “Ride On!” published is taking a little while longer than I expected, but I’m still thinking about tomorrow and riding on to my finish line. When I finally cross over it, the book will be ready and I will rejoice in victory with Jesus who led me through this leg of my race and with all of you who have been cheering me on.

Whatever goal, hope, or victory you’re striving for, it is so important to take as much time as necessary to prep and train for your race – whether it is improving your skills, growing deeper with God, or both. Be patient with yourself. Learn, improve, and grow. God’s Word tells us to:

Keep at it till the finish. Don’t drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them. When God made His promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line. He said [to Abraham], “I promise that I will bless you with everything I have!” Abraham stuck it out and got everything that had been promised to him.

When God wanted to guarantee His promises, He gave His word, a rock-solid guarantee – God can’t break His word. And because His word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. ~Hebrews 6: 3, 11 – 18

So grab a hold of your handlebars with hope in God and ride on to the finish without giving up. Even if there are troubles in your race, know that they can develop passionate patience in us and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for what God will do next. ~Romans 5:3-4

No matter how painful the trial is, don’t give up. Keep riding on with Jesus leading the way and victory will be yours at the finish line with Him on your side.

Be Patient.

Keep Hoping.

Persevere through the trails.

Have Faith.

Ride On!

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect
before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
John Quincy Adams

Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. All rights reserved.

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