I am on Day 6 of this journey and I can truly say that it has been a real process. Each day, I have not only had to commit to writing but at the same time I had to commit to looking within and listening for key words of the day.
Today’s word was patience. Patience is the ability to tolerate delay, trouble, and even suffering without getting angry or upset. Just reading that definition it reminds of the many times I may not have fully met the mark! Having patience is probably one of the most difficult things to do at times.
Ecclesiastes 7:8 provides two key principles:
Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.
These two principles could seem quite different, however they are intertwined. Finishing requires action, but also patience. When you start a higher learning program to earn a degree, it requires focus to walk through the process of earning the degree. I can recall while working on a degree program last year that I literally would dream about graduation day! It was easy to start but then I needed patience to finish. I had to walk through the process one class at a time to get to the end. Patience is highlighted in this scripture as well to be better than pride. Pride is the satisfaction that you feel with an achievement or even possessions. While this is a natural response, pride can become more of a vain conceit as well.
So why is patience better than pride? Pride may push us to do or say something sooner than we should, while patience gives us the ability to wait and do things in God’s timing instead. Pride may force me to try to prove a point to others or the world about my life and status, while patience allows me to instead walk my journey authentically. Pride may give me the fuel to start something – but patience provides me with the stamina to finish.