Normally around this time of the year, I share my resolutions and goals for the upcoming new year. And then around about March, maybe June if its a really good year, I tend to forget all about them. Even if I’ve written them down, I will probably forget to look at them.
So for 2017, I’m jumping on the “one word” bandwagon. Instead of making resolutions (okay, I have made some but they are realistic), I’m going to pick one word to focus on. I spent a long time picking the right word. Did I need to learn to be more courageous? Or maybe I need to learn to be flexible? Or maybe I need to learn control over my emotions? There are a dozen words I could have picked. However, only one word has jumped out at me…
Why patience? Because I am not patient. Because I want to do everything at once. Because I will go without sleep if it means that I can get everything done at the speed I want it done. Because I can be wound up and hold a grudge with ridiculous ease.
Why patience? Because I want to learn what it means to truly slow down. Because I want to know what working at God’s speed and timing really looks like. Because I know that the slow lane has the fewest crashes.
Where to start?
I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.
Revelation 2 v3
In the letter to the Church in Ephesus, Jesus praises the patience of the Christians. The patience that allowed them to endure living in a pagan city, surrounded by “those who are evil”. To have such an enduring form of patience that cannot be stopped even by persecution is an inspiration. One that realises that true patience does not have a limit but actually strengthens you to endure through all hardships and trials, waiting for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
This strength come from one place: the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5 refers to the Fruit of the Spirit, which includes patience. How do you develop these fruits? By allowing yourself to be led by the Holy Spirit, we are able to develop this fruit and see it become a reality in my life. So this year I will be choosing to be led by the Holy Spirit in the knowledge that doing so I will become more patient.