At a feverish pace we drink wildly from the hose of our hurry up and go culture. We barrel headlong through a schedule that’s managing us, not even realizing that we are losing more than this day and that day, we are losing what makes us human. Regaining faithful patience is long overdue.
Patience is an art that finds beauty in faithfulness. A right patience is active in faithfulness. No matter the goals we have in life, faithful patience will see you to the right goal at the right time. Faithful patience bakes at 350 degrees for the full 30 minutes and delivers what was intended. Faithful patience plays four quarters, two halves, and every moment in between with calm clear goals and expectations.
Patience is seasoned well with faithfulness. To actively wait, wonder, and work toward being still and listening to God, His design for humanity and you as one of those humans. Ask any professional race car driver the first step in correcting what’s gone wrong with the car, and they’ll likely say that you have to stop. Anything gone wrong with something in motion generally requires the motion to slow or stop all together. Our lives must go on. The clock waits for no one, but we must learn to slow ourselves so that we can pace and project a life worth living.
After wrapping up one of the many scheduled layers and considering which sport was next for my oldest son, we did something completely out of character and against the grain of our culture. We said no. We said no to one more layer to our schedule and one less layer to our humanity. We said no to thinking we have to do and provide all these realities to feel alive and to thrive. We said no so we could begin to regain lost ground in being faithfully patient.
As we begin to peel back the layers of our hurried lives, it doesn’t feel good at times. The faux shame and regret of believing we are missing our best life now claws to gain prominence in our lives. We live and function with the false idea that one misstep in life will cause us to miss all that life has to offer. We’ll miss that promotion, that career, that scholarship, that deal, or that big break. We have a need to stop playing God and start leaning into and trusting God. God isn’t clueless to our needs or when we need them, and He is more than faithful to not be thwarted in his being glorious in and through our faithful patience