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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Patience (08/21/08)

TITLE: The Habit of Patience
By Alice Zvacek
08/28/08


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Read: Colossian 3:1-17

Therefore, as Godís chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kidness, humility, gentleness and patience. Ė Colossians 3:12

Patience, God talks about our need to live with patience in both the Old and New Testaments, but how do we get it? Well, we can always pray and ask Him for patience. Iím not really sure that I would take that approach. He just might answer your prayer! Everytime Iíve prayed for patience in my life, suddenly I need even more. Ok, so maybe thatís one of those prayers I would like God not to answer!

Of course we should pray, but how else can we get it? When I looked up the word patient in the dictionary, I saw some words that I expected like calm, forberance under strain, not hasty, but I saw a definition that I didnít expect Ė steadfast despite opposition. That made me look at patience differently. Maybe it wasnít calmness and forbearance for this one bad thing that has happened, but a life of being steadfast even with opposition. When I think of steadfast, itís ongoing, almost like a habit.

If weíre trying to develop the habit of patience, what should we do? Habits develop because of practice, so when challenges come, maybe we can act like we have patience even though inside it might not be there yet. We could take a deep breath or count to 10 or 100, when weíre irritated. Verses 13, 14 and 15 of Colossians chapter three also give us some more ideas about developing the habit of patience. Forgiveness, encourangement, thankfulness and peacefulness all contribute to patience. It takes 21 days to make a habit. So if I want the habit of patience, then I need to practice patience every day.

Ok, so maybe as weíre learning to practice the habit of patience, this would be a good time to ask God for patience. Then when He answers, we will have all the practice we need.


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LauraLee Shaw08/29/08
steadfast despite opposition: well, isn't that interesting? I like that point. Good message tucked in here.
Stacey LaMontagne09/01/08
This opens up the question, "which came first, the chicken or the egg?". I mean do we get patience and chances to use it when we ask God or does God give us opportunities to find patience in us when we pray? I think you have a nice thought process going here. I think you should put which version of the Bible you are quoting from with your scripture reference also. Thanks for sharing. God Bless.
Dan Blankenship 09/02/08
Good.

I wish you would have made it a bit longer. Just about the time I was getting into it, it was done.

Keep up the good work.

May God bless.

Sincerely,
Dan Blankenship