Patience is not the ability to wait but how you act while you’re waiting – Joyce Meyer
We can’t cover despair without covering patience.
You see, loss of hope means that whenever we face difficulty we get upset and often can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Even when we are able to convince ourselves that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, we often want it to be closer to us, but that is something we may or may not be able to control, and that is where patience comes in.
Patience, often mistaken as a noun, is actually a verb. In other words, it pertains to an action taken and not just a mere description.
As an action, patience is about complementing the positivity that comes with seeing a light at the end of the tunnel with an internal dialogue that keeps talking of hope and controlling the outer tongue from complaining about the difficulty one is facing.
Don’t get me wrong, this does not mean that we don’t speak about our difficulties with others we trust or are more knowledgeable than we are in order to learn more about what we can do to hasten the time of difficulty, I am talking about insistent complaining that neither produces action nor produces hope.
I ask god on this blessed day and night to give us the strength to be patient in bad times as we await relief and in good times as we may not recognize the goodness that befalls us.
Speaking of this blessed day and night, I remind myself first and others that these are the last five or four nights of this blessed month where good deeds are multiplied and goals are set for the next year … let us all make them count!
Let each of us, fasting or not, be the positive news in the world!
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