Active Patience

Good things happen when we’re patient, but only if we remain active. What? Active patience?  That’s an oxymoron.

Not an “empty” active where you’re just doing things to stay busy. Rather, an “intentional” active where you’re meaningfully serving others. Carve out daily quiet time for yourself to reflect on who and how you can serve. Your acts of service will directly benefit others and also shape your character.

Habakkuk 2.1

Your purpose in life will be revealed in waiting and serving. Even when you’re doubting, and it’s seemingly taking forever, keep serving. This is faithfulness. This is active patience.

Being patient does not meant just sitting around waiting for something to happen. It’s not a passive quality. True patience is thinking, acting, serving and learning in a trial and error fashion.

800px-Puerto_rican-Paso-Fino-Horse-chestnutBeing actively patient is to be meek, not weak. Many people equate meekness with weakness. Meekness is strength under control. Think of a wild stallion that has been tamed. They are just as powerful as when they were wild, but are now under control. Meekness and weakness are 180 degrees out of phase.

There is strength in humility, power in gentleness, great force in kindness and beauty in meekness. To be meek is to possess active patience.

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