To Wait Or Not Wait – That Is The Question
There is a tendency in today’s world to not want to wait. We want everything now.
The idea of delayed gratification may be a foreign concept to those who:
- have a microwave oven mentality.
- make a sense of entitlement an art form.
- rely heavily on instant messaging.
- want things done yesterday.
But even in today’s fast-paced, consumer consumption world, you still need to WAIT:
- for an airplane, a bus, a train, or your ship to come in
- for the mail to arrive
- for your company to arrive for dinner
- to cross the street
What Do You Do While You’re Waiting?
Are you grateful for those brief moments?
Do you take a moment to thank God for your day so far? 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances.”
Do you pause to collect your thoughts?
Do you reflect about what is truly important?
Do you remain at peace or do you get agitated and frustrated?
How you answer those questions says a lot about your character.
We hear expressions like…
- Just you wait and see.
- Wait a minute!
- Wait for me.
- Wait until the cows come home!
I think WAIT is a word of great wisdom.
When the world would have you rushed off your feet, it speaks… BE PATIENT.
When you’re ready to throw in the towel and quit, it whispers… PERSEVERE.
When the tasks in front of you seem to much to bear, it says… PERSIST.
When life throws you a curve ball, it says… STAY THE COURSE!
Benefits Of Learning To Wait
When we learn to wait, we:
- allow more time that can prevent mistakes. You’ve probably heard… “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.“
- appreciate the time we do have. It was Geoffrey Chaucer who said, “Time and tide wait for no man.“
- increase our level of patience. Joyce Meyer says, “Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.“
When Not To Wait
But all waiting has to do with timing, doesn’t it?
There are times we should NEVER WAIT:
- for a later time to apologize or to resolve a dispute. Napoleon Hill said, “Dont wait. The time will never be just right.“
- to BE LOVE TO OTHERS. Henry Van Dyke said, “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”
- to do the right then when called upon.
- too long for opportunities. William Arthur Ward said, “Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.”
- to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you, for you never know when it will be too late.
For the acronym buffs, my BUTLERism for the word WAIT is…
Now I’ll Wait and Listen While You Have Your Say
When do you find it difficult to wait?
Do you find it easier to wait for some things than others?
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