Last week I wrote about how we cannot allow our feelings to run our life. As we all know, many times that is easier said than done. That is where patience comes in.
Patience is like a muscle. If you use it frequently, it is strong and you are able to lift/handle most things that come along in your life. However, if you never or rarely use your patience muscle, you will be weak and unable to hold up under pressure. This is when we need to begin to exercise. Ugh, there’s that word many of us don’t like. However, just as body building increases physical health and vigor, training our hearts in patience will build our spiritual life and give us strength in dealing with our wayward emotions.
It is interesting…last week my feelings got the better of me. This week my patience was tested…big time. First, we had four unexpected days off, followed by two days of delays which led to frustration and upset. My patience muscle failed me. Seems like that is happening a lot lately. I failed the test and as with all tests, we have to retake the exam over and over until we pass. But my short comings open my eyes to the areas God wants me to work on. Now I can exercise to improve my spiritual fitness, so I can pass when the test comes around again.
As we prepare our hearts for hard times ahead, our spiritual muscles of patience, faith and hope will be extremely important. God will help us, but if we are weak in areas of importance, we will falter and that could be deadly…not only physically, but more importantly spiritually. We do not know what is ahead. (Loss of home, job, loved ones.) We must be strong in spirit so we can survive and be there to support others.
God gives us the gift of faith, but we have to exercise it in order for it to grow strong. Out of our faith comes patience as we wait upon the Lord. And hope allows us to look to the future and stand firm.
I encourage you to exercise your spiritual muscles. Relying on God is important, but we must do our part. Flex your muscles, work them, there may be sweat and tears involved, but that is how you grow strong. Start exercising today…train your body, mind and soul to rest in the Lord. Then you will be prepared for anything that life throws at you.