July 28, 2013

Word of the Week: Patience

"More holiness give me,
More strivings within.
More patience in suffering,
More sorrow for sin.
More faith in my Savior,
More sense of His care.
More joy in His service,
More purpose in prayer."
      -More Holiness Give Me, LDS Hymns #131

Patience is one of the hardest things that we have to master, in my humble opinion. Patience requires that we are calm and accepting of the things that are coming now, that we are looking toward the future, but still living in the moment. Dictionary.com defines patience as "bearing...misfortune, delay, hardship, [and] pain with...calm and without complaint."

Isn't patience a beautiful thing? Yes, it is hard to do, but I think it becomes easier if we have an *eternal perspective. When we are able to step back from the hard moment and realize that this will all be worth it, patience comes more naturally. I've realized this in my life, when I've had to endure hard things. We tend to get so caught up in the here and now that we forget to take a step back and allow ourselves time to take a deep breath, fall to our knees, and ask that we may endure this well.

"...Peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well [with patience], God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes."
       -Doctrine and Covenants 121: 7-8

*Eternal perspective: understanding that the things that are happening to us now, both good and bad, will benefit us in the future; realizing that our life and all things in it have purpose that we may not see or understand until after this life is through.

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