Here Comes the Sun
Until this morning, I had not seriously considered the link between looking for easier ways and being impatient. I've not been known for my sustaining patience and so it would stand to reason that easier ways would be my treasure. The hard, day to day work is what I'm trying to avoid in the end. However, the truth I'm seeing is that giving into impatience AND waiting or searching for an easier way typically takes just as much time as being patient and working hard. The difference is that with the former, you have nothing more to show for it when you never found an easier way or the way you found required work too.
Sometimes I get so frustrated and literally complain to God - "Why won't everything work the way I want it to?" "When will things change?" or my favorite "It isn't fair. Please don't make me learn this lesson any more!" For a second this morning on the treadmill my emotions tried to stir all of that up, but thankfully, the Lord blessed me with some clarity and I chose to listen to it. Even though sometimes all I can see is how imperfect my circumstances are, what God is looking for is growth. In moments of sheer arrogance and pride, I've thought "I'm sure glad my life isn't like that!" or "I would be so miserable if I was that person." From a very fleshly worldly mindset, we all think that way. Otherwise, there would be no such ambition in the world to be good, better, the best. But if we're looking through heaven's eyes, where you start has no bearing on your value. Our value comes from and increases when we grow. We are here to grow, to be prepared for heaven, to experience what God can accomplish in us.
In writing this, I hope it will help me to remember to consider heaven's eyes before my own. Any thoughts on ways to remember this better?