Patience – Part Duex

Those of you who have been following my writing lately may have noticed that I am saying, posting, and writing a lot about patience.  That is because I am running out of it.  Usually I don’t have an end to my patience, but lately we have been forced to deal with a lot of problems.  None of them are very big, but when there are several per day, every day, for weeks and months, it starts to affect you.  So, that led me to a larger understanding of exactly why my patience is wearing out.  It is because of a lack of peace.

Even though you may be a Christian, the devil can work on you and cause you to constantly be fighting, running, and working to keep him at arm’s length.  This is tiresome.  Add to that the everyday problems of life such as flat tires, broken dishwashers, rotting door jambs, car trouble, broken toilets, etc., it is easy to quit seeking peace.  This is dangerous.

Peace will not come find you.  It’s quite the opposite.  Peace is elusive.  You have to search for it and, often, you have to MAKE it happen.  That is something I haven’t been doing recently.

When the problems pile up, how do you deal with them?  Lately, at least for me, it seems that I haven’t been dealing with them very well.  I have failed to MAKE my own peace and instead have let outside problems affect my attitude.

Php 4:11  Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Php 4:12  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Wise words that I need to listen to more.