The Virtue of Patience

by Lincoln

Unfortunately not everything here on earth goes according to our plan or to our timing. Sometimes when we develop a desire for something and things don’t go exactly our way it can be frustrating. Waiting for things may not always be the easiest thing. However, it is essential for us to have patience. It’s much easier said than done, but it’s so important for us tor remember that we have a place in God’s plan.

Many times in life things happen that we simply don’t deserve. From small things like getting a flat tire to big things like the death of a family member, we may through our hands up at heaven and ask “Why me?”

Although it is hard to realize at times, God has planned for things to happen to us, the good and the bad. Of course, our Heavenly Father wants us to be happy. For that reason, he blesses us with family, friends, and loved ones. He guides us to the people we are meant to meet, and he helps us find those who need us. However, he blesses us with challenges and trials. (Yes, blesses.) It may sound weird to be thankful for trials, but they are an equally important part of our lives. If we didn’t have times of sorrow, how would we know happiness? We learn from the hard times and the mistakes we make and that makes the good times that much more enjoyable.

In life, patience is so essential. A phrase that helps remind me of that is this: Don’t give up what you most want in life, for something you think you want now. For example, I enjoy spending time with my friends and I do it often. It’s something that in the moment, I want to do. But, what I want most is to graduate high school and go to college. In order to do that I need to study, do homework, and excel in school. So it’s important for us to balance what we want now, and keep in mind what we want most.

Which is better: your timing, or Heavenly Father’s timing? Although we may want things to work exactly how we want them to, at exactly when we want them to, Heavenly Father knows the exact way and exact time for us. It may not be in our control when or what happens, but what we can do is strive to be our best selves. I’m a firm believer that if we are patient, and mindful of Heavenly Father’s timing, everything in our lives will work out exactly how it should. So do your best, and trust that the best will come to you.

This article has 3 comments

  1. Mildred Reply

    That thought was meant for me. Patience is not one of my better qualities. But you inspire me to work on it. It is a great virtue that each of us need. We just need to learn to wait on the Lord.

  2. Dusty Dastrup Reply

    I think you said what a lot of people needed to hear. We get so caught up in our daily desire to have a good time,we forget what our eternal desires should be.

  3. Brad Reply

    It is only through adversity that we learn patience. It becomes an opportunity to show God we trust Him. With that trust he grants the capacity to endure well instead of suffer through. Well done Lincoln!

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