Fruits of the Spirit
Patience - Reaching for Higher Ground!
"A man's wisdom gives him patience;
it is to his glory to overlook an offense."
When you attempt to do things that are beyond your abilities many times you will fail. It can make you upset with yourself and others. Watch for opportunities to excel and grow but do not get upset if you have to work at it or wait on God's timing. Choose not to get angry or upset with yourself and others when things are not going your way. Be patient as you reach for the higher ground. God will give you abilities and strengths in His timing.
We are not all the same. God has given everyone talents. Our talents might be very different from our friends. Jesus knew we would need to have patience with ourselves and each other. The Fruit of the Spirit called 'patience' is a gift we learn to use with practice. God will allow trials in our lives to help teach us to use this gift. Calling on the Holy Spirit to help us use His gift of patience will help us not to get upset with ourselves, others or even God.
It is a fun time for all at Liam Leapfrog's birthday party. Or is it? Emmi Squirrel has a problem. Balloons are perfect for the game of 'keep away.' They float slowly and everyone loves to hit them and watch them as they pop high into the air. Emmi tried but could not reach them. Her arms are too short and she can't jump high like Liam. The Critters need to learn about God's gift of patience. Then the party could be fun for everyone.
God always answers our prayers. Sometimes He says "yes," sometimes "no," and sometimes He just says "wait." God knows what is best. He knows our needs and will provide them. We might not want to hear a "no" or wait on God to do something, but He wants us to trust Him and use the gift of 'patience' with Him too! God will give us talents and help us use them. The gift of patience will help us treat Him, others and yes, even ourselves, with His special love.
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