Things I need to remind myself of daily — Post 4

Be patient with God and with yourself

Saturday June 12 2010 12:00 AM
Posted by Rick Warren

Everything on earth has its own time and its own season. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (CEV)

As you grow to spiritual maturity, there are several ways to cooperate with God in the process —

Believe God is working in your life even when you don’t feel it. Spiritual growth is sometimes tedious work, one small step at a time. Expect gradual improvement. The Bible says, “Everything on earth has its own time and its own season.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, CEV)

There are seasons in your spiritual life, too. Sometimes you will have a short, intense burst of growth (springtime) followed by a period of stabilizing and testing (fall and winter).

What about those problems, habits, and hurts you would like miraculously removed? It’s fine to pray for a miracle, but don’t be disappointed if the answer comes through a gradual change. Over time, a slow, steady stream of water will erode the hardest rock and turn giant boulders into pebbles. Over time, a little sprout can turn into a giant redwood tree towering 350-feet tall.

Keep a notebook or journal of lessons learned. This is not a diary of events, but a record of what you are learning. Write down the insights and life lessons God teaches you about him, about yourself, about life, relationships, and everything else. Record these so you can review and remember them and pass them on to the next generation. (Psalm 102:18; 2 Timothy 3:14)

The reason we must relearn lessons is that we forget them. Reviewing your spiritual journal regularly can spare you a lot of unnecessary pain and heartache. The Bible says, “It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off.” (Hebrews 2:1, Msg)

We are often in a hurry when God isn’t. One of life’s frustrations is that God’s timetable is rarely the same as ours. We are often in a hurry when God isn’t. You may feel frustrated with the seemingly slow progress you’re making in life. Remember that God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time. He will use your entire lifetime to prepare you for your role in eternity.

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One response to “Things I need to remind myself of daily — Post 4

  1. Isabel P Sem

    God works for good in all things. You were sick and look at all the great blogging you did.

    God is an awesome God. We often try to put Him in a box or try to out guess Him. Does not happen.

    Ask my son Stephen about God. He even sees to it that AC’s in trucks that have not worked in ten years can be repaired by one of God’s angels in minutes. Stephen is still shaking his head and wondering about that one.

    Keep the blogs coming. I hope to do some soon, but now I am focusing on getting ready for my granddaughters and Ruby’s 9th birthday. Remember when Syd and Summ were 9? Great age.

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