“The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.” – Ecclesiastes 7:8 NIV
Pride. It has gotten me – and still gets me – into more trouble than anything else I can think of. Don’t tell me I can’t do something, because being told I can’t is like pouring gasoline on a fire. Maybe I shouldn’t, or maybe it’s not allowed; it might just be a bad idea. Just don’t tell me I can’t. My brain turns it into “I dare you….” and then, of course, I am compelled to do whatever it is in order to quench my competitive nature. Yep, lots of trouble.
That leads me to the being patient part. I typically have have about this much patience ( ) before it is gone. A wise pastor told me this years ago: If you pray for patience, God will give you plenty of opportunities to learn it. At the time, I had been praying for a lot of patience. My husband was having serious health issues and was unable to work, and consequently we lost his/our business. I had very recently undergone back surgery and lost my job; we lost our home, and we were having to move into a tiny apartment. That meant I lost my chickens and rabbits and had to find a home for my horse. Fun times. Can I just say here, don’t EVER pray for patience!
“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.” – 7:8-9 Ecclesiastes NIV
Yep, there’s the anger. GRRRR. Why was all of this happening to us? Oh, yeah, this could be part of it.
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18 NIV
We were proud of our accomplishments. We had a thriving little gun shop, I was a manager at the local builder’s supply store, we had just bought a piece of land, moved in our custom modular home, and built my little dream stable. We were active in our church. Why did it all happen? That’s a question I’d like to ask Jesus when I see Him. I think it’s related to us taking credit for what we had done, instead of giving our God the glory for it.
That was a lifetime ago. There have have many ups and downs since then; some really hard downs. I blamed God and for a long time I was only interested in me and what I could – and what I could do was to be very destructive to me and to others. Ugly. Now all I can do is thank God for where He has put me, and be continuously grateful for His Mercy and His Grace.
Thank You, Lord
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1 Chronicles 16:34 “O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is Good;
for His Mercy endureth for ever.”
Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul,
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole;
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
Thy great salvation so rich and free.
(All scriptures are from the Bible app, at http://bible.com)