Sunday, February 18, 2007

Delay Gratification & Patience

We are now certainly living in a generation that we want results straight away. In this day and age, we all want immediate gratification. We want to have things now faster than ever before.

Recently I have been learning quite a bit about the concept of delay gratification & patience. I learn that good things come to those who wait and it's worth it. However, knowing this concept and applying it to my life and ministry sometimes takes on a different perspective! I keep asking myself, 'why is patience so hard for me? Why do I want what I want, right when I want it? Why can’t I just sit back and trust the Lord’s timing over my own urgency?'

During a business seminar a couple of weeks ago, we played a game where some people were blindfolded. The leader tied a thick bandanna around their eyes and the people would be guided by an un-blindfolded partner through an obstacle course. The entire point was to learn to trust the teammate's voice and instructions. It's a lot like that in our spiritual lives. We, as Christians, are blindfolded. We can't see the entire picture. Our view is limited, and we're stumbling around, confused as to which direction we should go. And unfortunately, more often than not, we tend to ignore the voice of our Lord instructing us. We'll never cross the finish line by stubbornly insisting we can manage on our own. God sees the entire path before us. And we have to trust Him. Whether that means waiting, walking, crawling, taking baby steps, running, etc.

19 comments:

Pia said...

it's so hard to be patient, at least for me it is. i'm being dealt with that now.

Kitty Cheng said...

I was told that things are better when you have to work for it and earn it instead of being given immediately when you want it.

Pia, I understand how you feel, cos I'm being deal with that now also.

Amy said...

You are right in saying everyone wants what they want when they want it, which means I want it now.
I think waiting patiently is something that we all have difficultly with because it is a human response. Patience is one of the fruits of the spirit. It comes by the Lord as he works through us. Great post.

Kitty Cheng said...

Patience as the fruit of the Spirit is so important! May the Lord work through us.

audrey` said...

Hi Kitty

Yeah!
Our Lord had already planned our entire lives ahead of us.
He has the best plans for us.
Just continue to trust Him =)

How is your Lunar New Year celebration?

Kitty Cheng said...

Hi Audrey, my Lunar New Year Celebration was great! Had an all duck meal with my mum and D. How about you?

Kitty Cheng said...

Hi Audrey, my Lunar New Year Celebration was great! Had an all duck meal with my mum and D. How about you?

Kitty Cheng said...

Hi Audrey, my Lunar New Year Celebration was great! Had an all duck meal with my mum and D. How about you?

Kitty Cheng said...

Hi Audrey, my Lunar New Year Celebration was great! Had an all duck meal with my mum and D. How about you?

Godwyn Lim said...

Hey Beloved Kitty!

Happy Lunar New Year! May the Lord's face shine on you & your family, bringing great blessing & favors!

I just uploaded my post, sorry, been busy from work but I do read your post, always so informative! Visit my post when you are free:=)

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Shalom~

audrey` said...

Hey My Beloved Kitty

Good Morning, Sister =D

Yummy! I'm so happy for you, Aunty and D. HeHe!

I can't celebrate CNY this year.

Just had a car accident. No injuries. Thank God.

Take care, my dear friend =)

Kitty Cheng said...

Hey Godywyn. Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Lunar New Year to you too brother!

Kitty Cheng said...

Hey Audrey, I am sorry to hear that you had a car accident! Thank God that there were no injuries though. You take care too!

Ross said...

In my experience, I've had to wait for everything good that's come to me in life, and that's probably a good thing.

Amy said...

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Corry said...

Impatience is my struggle as well. But it's so much more rewarding setting wants aside and filling needs. The more I experience that, the easier it gets to set my wants aside.

I hope you are doing well, dear sis. Have a wonderful and blessed weekend!

God's Grace.

Kitty Cheng said...

Hi Ross, that's true! We do need to wait for the things that are good!

Kitty Cheng said...

Hi Amy, thanks for adding me to your blogroll. I really appreciate it!

Kitty Cheng said...

Hi Corry, I am doing well. Thanks for caring dear!