St. Francis De Sales said, “Have patience with all things, but, first of all with yourself.” Life has a way of knocking us down or off the path we are traveling. If it is a path that God has called us to, then it will be easier to get back to the journey, but nevertheless, it is difficult. The hardest thing to bear is that too often what we blame on life is really about our own choices or shortcomings. The refrain of many a blues singer sounds something like, “Nobody to blame but me!”
What is the Good News? God’s patience is far superior to our own. We do need to follow the words above and cultivate in ourselves a greater sense of patience in all things. However, we should take great comfort in knowing that God’s patience will always be there as we struggle to grow and advance in our life as a disciple.
You’re trying to live a stewardship way of life but keep falling onto the side of the road? God wants you to reach Him on the road but will wait for you. You want to be holier and more committed to your faith? God will take what you give Him. The danger is when you lose your patience and stop moving toward Him. You decide that it doesn’t really matter and that what you can offer God doesn’t amount to anything of worth. We must never cease our journey. You and I may get fed up, but our God never will.
—Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS