I love this picture. The photographer, Michael Pardo, entitled his photograph "Hurry! Hurry before it melts" The actual statue is "The Race" by William McElcheran in Ontario Canada. It is often referred to as "the rat race" After a couple of conversations this week, I began to reflect on the concept of patience and the role that it plays in the development of relationships and the discipleship relationship.
In the age of instant gratification, fast food, faster Internet and virtual reality. Careers that last years rather than decades. We are taught to have goals and dreams, but do we allow for the application of humility and patience in those goals and dreams.
In a recent article entitled "Christians Need to Recover the Lost Art of Patience" by Tyler Edwards in Relevant. He make some great comments about the roll of patience as building block of of relationships. An article worth reading for sure. I love this quote describing patience. "Patience is dying. Patience comes when we let go of ourselves, our desires, our agenda, our goals, our control. Patience is where we remove ourselves from the center of our universe and the throne of our hearts and we surrender to God." What an incredible concept to model in our Biblical Communities. A model that is not hurried, but moves more at the impulse of God's heart and who he loves.
Mr. Edwards reminds us of John 15:4-5 that we must be connect to the vine, abiding and patience for the fruit to grow. As leadership in our Biblical Communities, how do we model such a basic Christian truth that we produce good fruit, the sweet fruit when we are connect to Christ, fellows believers and others. As I was reminded this week it is putting things aside and being patient. To honor God's schedule over mine. To value the people he has placed in my path and to be patient with them as we interact with them. How often are we patient enough to allow someone to come to the "real prayer request", patient enough to unpack and seek an answer from the Bible to one of life's challenge together.
The brilliance of God’s design is that all it works together. Serving others helps grow our patience, which helps grow our love, which helps grow our desire to serve others, which increases our joy, which impacts our peace, our kindness, our goodness and our self-control. - Tyler Edwards
We cannot effectively make disciples in our Biblical Community groups or reach Round Rock as we desire without a patient and humble attitude towards ourself, those in our group, our church and our circles of influence.