Patience is the guarantee of Mercy…
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.*
Through patience we often arrive at the solutions to problems which defy the application of our brainpower. For instance, how would you change a sapling to a tree? How would you change midnight to midday or a boy into a grown man? How about if you endure?
When we talk of endurance we are dealing with time. Time often brings about change. However, if we only wait, time may not bring the specific change that we desire. While waiting, therefore, we must demonstrate our commitment to our goal – for instance, by watering the sapling or caring for the boy so that they survive to maturity.
It is this COMMITMENT . shown by persistent effort that is the esoteric meaning of this attribute, that conquers what brains alone can not. Any noteworthy achievement began as an idea – it only became physically manifest by being nurtured over time…
The Difference Maker
The power of the force of commitment to an ideal is eloquently described by statements like these below:
“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes… but no plans.” – Author unknown
“…NO decision has, in fact, been made until carrying it out has become somebody’s responsibility.” – Prof. Peter F. Drucker.
“ALL things at last yield to the silent, irresistible, all conquering energy of purpose…” – James Allen
So we see that it is an all-or-nothing situation – we either totally commit ourselves to succeed in our endeavour and receive all or be undecided and settle for nothing (failure).
Truly has it been said that there really is no difference between success and failure if you take away the factor of persistence, the total commitment that characterizes the former.Commitment, persistence is the difference maker.
Growing in Patience
Certain shifts in our way of viewing situations can make us infinitely more patient – and act with more wisdom. Here are three approaches.
1. – Try seeing your present situation from a distance in space and time. How would you view this five years from now? Forty years from now? How would you advise that this situation be handled if you were five hundred miles from here? Five million miles from here? Considering things in this way tends to put them in proper perspective…
2. – Know that “success is a journey not a destination”. The more successful you are in life the more responsibilities you have. Why not learn to calmly handle your present (lesser?) duties since as you grow in attainment the world would give you more responsibilities (along with the respect).
3. – Know that “every end is but a new beginning”. Whatever circumstance you are in (whether good or bad) would inevitably pass away. Change is the only constant in life. How well you utilize your present opportunities determines whether the change would be for the better or for the worse. It is now that prepares you for your great future – so patiently build a sound foundation.
* – Heb. 10:36
“Time is the wisest of things because it finds out everything” – Thales (624 – 546) Ancient Greek Philosopher.