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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Learning To Be Patient With Growth

In summary of Ecclesiastes 3:1 it says, "There’s an opportune time to do everything, a right time for every activity, matter or purpose on the earth (under the heavens.)"

Bottom Line:
Everything that happens or that I do or learn has its own opportune time and its own season.

What this means to me:
God is never in a hurry, he is always on time.  He will use my entire life to prepare me for my ultimate role in eternity.  Through this verse, I need to remind myself and believe that he is work in my life, even when I don’t feel it.  My spiritual growth will not happen overnight, it happens one small step at a time.  I need to get rid of my Microwave (in an instant) mentality.  I should learn to just expect gradual improvements as the norm.  There will be seasons in my spiritual life, some will be short, intense bursts of growth followed by periods of stabilizing and testing.  Best thing for me to do is to continue to keep a journal of lessons learned like I’m doing here.  What I record here is not just a diary of events, but a record of what I’m learning, my insights and lessons God teaches me about him, my life and everything else.  For me, I’m sure one of the reasons that I must continually relearn things is that I too easily forget.  I can use my spiritual journal to help remind myself.  I have to remember not to be frustrated with what seems like slow progress in my life.  God has his perfect timing for everything.  What seems to frustrate me the most right now is my slowness in meeting folks and sharing about him.  I need to learn to slow down.  My life always seems to be based on the clock and the next event or meeting, I’m trying to get to.  I need to factor in times of just casual enjoyment where I can meet others and get the opportunity to develop relationships in which I can share.